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Stoke-on-Trent Commemorates the 69th anniversary of the Lidice Atrocity with a special gathering in Fenton
Friday 10th June saw Fenton’s Albert Square play host to the first commemorative gathering in Stoke-on-Trent to remember the people of Lidice. Stoke’s connection with Lidice stems from the work of Sir Barnett Stross during the second world war. After hearing of the village’s destruction and murders of it’s people, Sir Barnett Stross began in his mission to raise funds towards Lidice’s restoration through a local campaign known as ‘Lidice shall Live’. Friday’s gathering was organised by Alan & Cheryl Gerrard from The Artbay in Fenton after Alan had been inspired to bring the special relationship between Lidice and Stoke – on – Trent back into the public domain after it had been almost forgotten by the people of The Potteries. The event featured poetry written and read by children from Blurton and Christ Church Primary Schools along with separate performances from the City Songbirds. (see video below) The Stoke-on-Trent Methodist singers and the Choir of Abbey Hill School and Performing Arts College.
Poet Alan Barrett also led the children of Blurton Primary and Christchurch Primary in poetry performances,
Alan also performed his own poem “In Each Of Us” which can be seen on the video below.
Broadcasting live from the Square were Keith Graham and Denisa Danyiova on behalf of 6 Towns Radio. The newly formed community radio station based in Burslem provided live commentary from start to finish .
Overall, the gathering was a huge success with the suffering felt by the people of Lidice recalled once more. In an interview with The Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent; Terry Follows, the mayor applauded the fantastic turnout despite dismal weather predictions and praised what he called the continued community spirit demonstrated by residents and the united atmosphere carried through from the ‘Lidice shall live’ campaign during the second world war.
It is hoped that a similar gathering will take place next year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Lidice atrocity.
Story & Video by Emeka Forbes
To View the Full Photo Album from the event click here LIDICE COMMEMORATION ALBUM