“Cos kick a bow agen a wow?”
A translation, you say? Basically, it’s a traditional Stokie saying and it means ‘Can you kick a ball against a wall?’ Yes, Stoke-on-Trent has its own slang (keep your eyes peeled for our Stokie dictionary - coming soon), sayings and dialect - and that’s just one of the things that makes this city a place of supreme cultural intrigue.
As you may or may not know, Stoke is in the running for the 2021 City of Culture, and deservingly so.
It's widely known that winning the UK City of Culture crown helps to boost tourism and raises the profile of arts and culture - and that's what The Potteries is all about.
Back in 2008, novelist and friend of The Potteries, Dame Margaret Drabble, wrote, “The culture of the Five Towns is indeed beyond compare. The reclamation schemes… are now flourishing, and the slag heaps are green with clover and wild flowers. In another few years, the district will have improved beyond recognition."
And we tend to agree - Stoke-on-Trent is on the up - and culture runs through the city's veins.
Want to know more? Here are a few reasons why Stoke-on-Trent Should be the Next City of Culture...
Stoke-on-Trent City Council Deputy Leader Abi Brown: “Whether we win the culture title or not, the city council is investing more than £50 million into heritage, the public realm and other culture and infrastructure improvements across the city. It demonstrates our commitment to creating a great place to live.”
Stoke-on-Trent is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with an excess of 100km of cycle lanes, 90 parks, several canals and walkways and 3,000 allotments.
According to UK Powerhouse, Stoke-on-Trent has one of the fastest-growing economies of any UK city.
It is the smallest city in England to support two pro football clubs.
Stoke is home to the prestigious annual Hot Air literary festival hosted by Emma Bridgewater and the British Ceramics Biennial.
Hanley, the centre, boasts three theatres as well as the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery which houses the Staffordshire Hoard, a Spitfire aircraft and a world-class collection of ceramics.
The city is home to the global headquarters of gambling colossus bet365, an organisation that employs around 2,500 people locally.
The pottery, of course. Thousands of people are still employed in the pottery industry locally. Renowned employers include Steelite, Dudson, Johnson Tiles and Wade Ceramics. Middleport Pottery is also a hive of ceramic activity.
Many famous people come from in and around The Potteries - many who’ve left a big mark on the world.
It's plain to see that Stoke-on-Trent is a very deserving applicant for 2021's City of Culture bid - and whether it happens or not, The Potteries will continue to thrive. Big things are happening at the moment, including the Stoke Swap. Read more about it here.