Raise a pint to town's old watering holes
MEMORIES of past and present pubs in a Potteries town are to be captured on film by students as part of a heritage project.
The Staffordshire University media studies and history students will be filming people's accounts of life in the watering holes of Longton.
The project is being launched in the run-up to the opening of the revamped American Hotel.
It starts at an event from 7.45pm tonight where Ray Johnson, director of the Staffordshire Film Archive, will be delving into the history of the area's nightlife.
He will be chatting to guests at Stoke Film Theatre and asking them to share memories of their favourite pubs.
Local historians Alan Mansell, Mervyn Edwards and Alan Myatt will also be taking a trip down memory lane.
The students will be on hand to film the proceedings, with some of the stories going on to be screened at Longton Beer Festival in July.
The project is a partnership between the university, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
They wanted to celebrate the pub theme to mark the work on Longton's old American Hotel.
This pub had been a popular meeting place for workers from nearby Enson Pottery.
But the building had to be dismantled brick-by-brick after it became structurally unsafe.
It is currently being rebuilt and will eventually be used by businesses and as a showcase for green technology.
At tonight's event at Stoke Film Theatre, people will also be able to see footage of the refurbishment work.