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The National Garden Festival Stoke on Trent 1986 Historical Film DVD


This film is a documentary which records the huge, last and greatest land reclamation project in Stoke-on-Trent a project which can be identified as one of it’s greatest successes.

Showing the three main phases to the 5 year project which created and staged the UKs first National Garden Festival.

From the historical phase which shows the closure of Shelton Bar steel works, the massive reclamation works required on the site, and the planning and putting on the Festival itself.

With interviews of the people who made the National Garden Festival happen in Stoke- on-Trent.

Footage of the site opening officially by the Queen, the film takes us on a ‘guided tour’ of all the areas and features of the site along with film footage of visitors enjoying the Festival and its events.

The film ends with the next life for the site whereby it was developed into a leisure, shopping and business park destination Festival Park.

Produced by Ray Johnson and Staffordshire Film Archive.

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