“Penny for the Guy”

Great to see that the folk tradition of “Penny for the Guy” is still happening — Sainsbury’s, Stoke town, Stoke-on-Trent, October 2012…


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Off with the fairies

Margaret Drabble writing in The Spectator in 2011 explained: “The Potteries are one of the strangest regions in the British Isles”. It’s quite true. There are even people who still believe in fairies in Stoke-upon-Trent town. I went into the newsagents to get a paper today, before going to the allotment. There was a pensioner in there, obviously well known to the newsagent (who had a bemused smile on his face), telling the newsagent about: “the hob-elfs, they call ’em — they has little arrows, tiny ones, with stone points… they fires ’em at you… you look out for ’em, they’re sharp…”