Amongst the recent revelations uncovered in former Prime minister Tony Blair’s memoirs is the account that HRH Prince Phillip revealed to MP Ms Joan Walley that he considered Stoke-on—Trent to be ‘A ghastly place’. The fact is the popular misconception of pottery ,pitts and pickletts against a Lowry-esque chimney skyline remains ingrained amongst the uninitiated to this day and a city vibrant with hope and promise still awaits the infusion of capital to rekindle the kilns of industry in what was once the heartland of Britain’s industrial revolution.
Photojournalist Martin Elliott has spent the last six weeks in the six towns which make up the federation of Stoke-on-Trent as a city. Standing on street corners Martin photographed the people of Stoke-on-Trent as part of a project to celebrate the city’s centenary for archive and a museum exhibition to be shown later this month and again in the city’s bicentenary.