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Stoke-on-Trent is shit

Only joking - I don't know Stoke at all. There is a bar at the station mind, so a very localised piss-up could be arranged.
I'm some distance away these days. Lived in Newcastle 1990-91 ish, worked in Stoke and got mildly pissed in Hanley fairly often. Would probably have stayed put if certain work circumstances had been different.

gratuitous picture of PMT buses (for people who don't know the area to snigger at and remind others of what buses looked like there before worst group buggered it up)

 
Did they run out of red or yellow paint, hence the weird one in the picture? :hmm:
the one on the left is in national bus company livery - this was introduced in the mid 70s and buses were either drab 'poppy red' or drab 'leaf green' and the crews' uniforms were a drab pale blue (sort of faded air force blue)

the red / yellow was introduced in the mid 80s when bus companies were privatised.

before the 70s they were like this

 

Patteran

A nowadays excuse
Nah. Let the title stand. Anyone who visits knows it isn’t a balanced view. Stoke on Trent’s place in the history of Northern Soul alone gives it cultural significance.
Rave scene, too - Shelley's & Entropy were significant venues, launch pads for techno & italo house scenes, & welcome respites for dancers from Mcr when the Hacienda was first closed. Working class club crowd, relentlessly positive, & drug mad - even before acid house, it was a place you could always find lsd. The loved-up, 'E brings people together' aspect of the scene felt more important there, more real - there was never any real mither at the Hac before E - but the kids in Stoke with their tops off, smiling at strangers, were rejecting the small town violence they'd grown up with. Good people.
 

Saul Goodman

It's all good, man
Banned
Rave scene, too - Shelley's & Entropy were significant venues, launch pads for techno & italo house scenes, & welcome respites for dancers from Mcr when the Hacienda was first closed. Working class club crowd, relentlessly positive, & drug mad - even before acid house, it was a place you could always find lsd. The loved-up, 'E brings people together' aspect of the scene felt more important there, more real - there was never any real mither at the Hac before E - but the kids in Stoke with their tops off, smiling at strangers, were rejecting the small town violence they'd grown up with. Good people.
Shelley's was ace. A load of used to travel from Manchester most weeks. It was as good or better than anything in Manchester.
 
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