Thousands join online activities for Staffordshire Day celebrations

A film festival, a virtual market to support local businesses, love letters and author talks were among events to celebrate Staffordshire Day on May 1.

Keeley Spilsbury is from Staffordshire Libraries service
Keeley Spilsbury is from Staffordshire Libraries service

Thousands of people from across the county joined more than 50 online events and activities to show their pride in Staffordshire and what the county has to offer.

Staffordshire Day was also trending on Twitter throughout Saturday, helping to raise the county's profile even further.

Neil Morrissey declared his love for Staffordshire

Residents and businesses, including the landlord of the Barlaston-based pub Plume of Feathers, actor Neil Morrissey - who was born in Stafford - declared their love of the county in the Love Letter to Staffordshire campaign.

Neil, who has starred in Line of Duty and Men Behaving Badly and was the voice for Bob the Builder, recorded his video explaining what he loves about the county – including its natural beauty, great history, Cannock Chase and Robbie Williams!

WATCH: Actor Neil Morrissey declares his love for Staffordshire

The first ever Staffordshire Day Film Festival attracted 60 entries from film makers across the county. Longing for Steam, Uniting River, Philip Astley: Father of the Modern Circus and Bound by Clay were among the winners – with the full list of winners available at enjoystaffordshire.com

The Staffordshire Day virtual market gave people the chance to buy from more than 60 Staffordshire food an drink producers and artisan craft businesses.

Staffordshire Poet Laureate Mel Wardle Woodend

Staffordshire Poet Laureate Mel Wardle Woodend also entertained viewers with her Staffordshire Day poem, Sandstone and Clay, and her film Echoes about the county town of Stafford, its history and landscapes. Young Poet Laureate Emily Galvin from Lichfield also shared some of her poems about the county.

Other highlights on the day included a pig walk from Peak Wildlife Park, a virtual tour of the William Salt Library in Stafford and a tour of the Nelson’s Gin distillery near Uttoxeter.

John Henderson, chief executive at Staffordshire County Council said: “Once again it’s brilliant to see so many people and organisations joining in our Staffordshire Day celebrations and sharing their pride in our great county.

“This is our sixth celebration and every year it gets better and better. The day included a packed programme of online activities, from history talks, virtual tours, cookery classes, poetry sessions as well as chats with some of the county’s top authors. Our first ever film festival also proved very popular, with some great quality films being submitted.

The first ever Staffordshire Day Film Festival also took place this year

“Over the last five years, we have used Staffordshire Day to tell the world what a great county we are. We have so much to shout about, from our amazing people and rich heritage to our stunning locations and places to visit.

"And the fun doesn’t end on Saturday, as many of the activities and events are still available to watch online, so if you didn’t get the chance to see them yet, you can get links to them at enjoystaffordshire.com/staffordshireday

The sixth annual Staffordshire Day was organised by Enjoy Staffordshire with the help of Staffordshire County Council and other local authority partners. This year’s celebrations and activities were mainly online because of the Covid-19 restrictions, which remain in place.

The date for Staffordshire Day is May 1, chosen by the public in 2015 and it marks the creation of the world-famous Wedgwood pottery company back in 1759.

For more information on Staffordshire Day visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffsday.

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