An evocative film capturing and celebrating memories of Longton will be screened for the very first time at this year’s Longton Beer Festival at the Gladstone Pottery Museum from Thursday evening this week.
The Heritage Lottery funded community film was produced by film students from the city’s very own Staffordshire University and has involved local pub-goers in period dress telling their favourite pub stories at the Congress Inn and the Vine.
The beer festival, now in its third year, has become a firm favourite fixture for local beer enthusiasts. It has been organised by Longton Community Partnership, with the support of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and sponsorship from loads of local companies.
The festival features an amazing array of local brews, offering people the chance to support their local brewing enterprises.
Local brews set to go down a treat include a range of top tasting toasts from Titanic. There are beers from across Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire – including the aptly named Brewery Dancing Duck brewery’s “Ey Up Duck”.
In total beer connoisseurs will have 38 ales and ciders to choose from. The festival opens at 7pm on Thursday evening and last orders are 10.30pm Saturday night. Admission is £5.
There will also be the opportunity for festival goers to share their favourite pub memories for inclusion in a forthcoming exhibition about Longton’s pubs past and present, in September, at the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence at the wonderfully restored and converted Enson Works.
Festival organiser Linda Davies said the event was all about celebrating the city as a great place to live.
“The Gladstone museum is the perfect venue for the Longton Beer Festival – conjuring up a uniquely historic local atmosphere. It’s a great place to blend pride in our past with a growing business success story. We couldn’t stage the event without the support of local businesses,” she said.
Rachel Brewster from Unique Media Productions, Staffordshire University's in-house production company said the beer festival had demonstrated that mixing beer and students can have a positive impact.
“The film explores communal memories and promotes local pride, but has also been important in helping generate the careers of the next generation of creative film makers,” she said.
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