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Six Towns

In 1910 six Potteries towns came together to form the city of Stoke on Trent. Fifty years later we find their individuality and old rivalries still alive and well.

Documentary 1960 24 mins

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Introduced by a windswept Eric Ball: "50 years ago this was smothered in smoke" (actually in March 1960 it still looks pretty smoky) this commemorative film produced by ATV celebrates the six towns that make up Stoke on Trent. Each jostled for prominence in 1910, Burslem going as far as building a new town hall, but lost out to Stoke in the civic race. Hanley has the shops and a new civic centre on the way and Longton the potteries but each retains its historic importance.