“Stokies are pretty much guaranteed to put the kettle on and call you ‘duck’ half a dozen times before it’s boiled.” - Jenny Amphlett
Aside from the amenities, the buildings, the events, the action, the geographical access, the bars, the pubs, the clubs, and the eateries, one of the biggest thing that makes a place is the people.
Now, The Potteries is home to some of the most quirky, cultural, and friendly people in the UK. On the whole, Stokies are a happy go lucky bunch, and if you happen to visit The Potteries or relocate here to live and work, you'll be greeted with a warm welcome - and possibly an oatcake or two.
Not many people know this, but there are many notable people from The Potteries (well, besides the obvious: Slash, Lemmy, Josiah Wedgwood and Robbie Williams) - those who have made a real impact on the culture of our country, and beyond.
People of The Potteries are pretty special and here are a few characters you probably didn't know hail from the area...
Levison Wood: Epic walker, British Army officer, author and world renowned explorer, Levison tackled the River Nile, the Americas, and the Himalayas.
Garth Crooks: Former professional former footballer turned charismatic footie pundit, Garth has an OBE and continues to contribute to the world of British sport.
Rachel Shenton: Rachel Joy Shenton is a local lady and prolific actress. She's just made her American TV debut, appearing in Switched at Birth and we reckon she's set for big things.
John Abberley: Legendary local journalist, John started his career in 1947 reporting for The Sentinel and from then, his career flourished. His legacy lives on in The Potteries.
Arnold Bennett: Hailing from Hanley (Duck), Arnold Bennett was a prolific writer of prose. From informative articles, theatrical scripts and screenplays right through to memoirs and novels, Mr Bennett never failed to dare, dazzle and spark people's imaginations.
There are so many incredible people from The Potteries that we could be here all day - but you get the picture - this is a pretty special place and the locals are proud of the place they call home...
One the things today's locals are most proud of is the football team. Interested? Here are five things you didn't know about Stoke City FC. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for more updates on developments happening in The Potteries as we keep you updated in the City of Culture 2021 bid.