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Say Goodbye to the red telephone kiosk

Over the next five years, British Telecom is going to get rid of nearly 50% of its 40,000 public phone booths, including the classic red telephone kiosks designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

According to British Telecom, only 7,000 of the 33,000 calls made each day from its public pay phones are made from the traditional red kiosks, which have been familiar landmarks in towns and villages throughout Britain for many years.

NewsDesk: Teaching a new generation the art of Pottery

Clay College, Stoke, offers a skills-based, full-time ceramics course taught by potters who make a living through ceramics, something unique in the UK. We are proposing that from September 2017, a two-year full-time course will be run for 14 students, with each year consisting of three 15-week terms.

The emphasis will be on core skills and the use of materials. Students will be taught all aspects of design, throwing, glazing, kiln building and firing, alongside traditional hand building and decoration techniques. This will be augmented by modules focusing on business and marketing which will offer students the opportunity to become self-sufficient, developing their own business model to suit their work and sufficiently skilled to join a work force in a production pottery…

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NewsDesk: National Oatcake Day

It’s national oatcake day tomorrow and the city council is encouraging everyone to get involved and celebrate Stoke-on-Trent’s local delicacy.

What do you fill your oatcakes with? What’s your best oatcake recipe? Join in the conversation and post pictures on social media using #oatcakeday and #sot2021. And remember to like and share other content during the day to spread the message far and wide. Plus, watch out for a special oatcake video featuring the Lord Mayor Councillor Ross Irving and Councillor Anthony Munday by following and liking sot2021 on social media.

There’s also a chance to win an sot2021 t-shirt in an oatcake selfie competition. Simply tag @sot2021 in your selfie pictures on Twitter and use #sot2021. The best photo and winner will be announced on oatcake day.

People across the city will be taking part in the celebrations on Tuesday, 8 August as part of the push towards claiming the UK City of Culture 2021 title. We hope you can get involved and spread the word about the wonders of the oatcake.

For more information about the UK City of Culture 2021 bid, which was recently shortlisted, please visit

via Recipe for success on national oatcake day!

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