Stoke-on-Trent - photo of the week
Torch Relay - day 13 - Stoke to Bolton - May 31st 2012
Children from Lidice - a Czech Republic village destroyed during Word War II were visiting Stoke-on-Trent to learn about the man who helped rebuild their home.
The massacre at Lidice in 1942 was ordered by Hitler following the assassination of one of his generals.
Sir Barnett Stross, a former councillor, led the Lidice Shall Live campaign to raise money for the village, Barnett Stross, along with local miners and other workers, raised what would now be £1m to help construct a new village after hearing what had happened to it.
Outside the Potteries Museum is Tony Pulis, manager of Stoke City Football Club, who was the first runner of the day
54-year-old Tony Pulis has raised more than £100,000 this year for a local children's hospice by running the London Marathon and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
He is taking time off from a 960-mile charity bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End to carry the torch.
"I am extremely honoured to be given the privilege of representing Stoke-on-Trent and to be among those offered this most prestigious of opportunities," he told the BBC ahead of his relay leg.
"This is an historic event for the whole of Britain and it is an immensely proud feeling to be able to say that you are carrying the Olympic torch as part of that build-up."
preparations for the torch relay - the olympic rings outside Hanley Town Hall
the gathering crowd reflected in the windows of BBC Radio Stoke
in Albion Street, Hanley the police riders and torch bearers
the torch bearers for the later stages make their way to the bus
Tony Pulis makes his way up Albion Street on his stage of the relay
|BBC Radio Stoke's Denholm Seigertsz in Hanley says of crowds lining the street - "There were massive cheers when Tony Pulis ran past, his smile was so broad, I think it was the first time I'd ever seen him smile!"|
the exchange of the olympic flame outside Hanley Town Hall
|There were some umbrellas among the crowd in Stoke-on-Trent this morning - the skies awerere grey and overcast but that didn't stop the crowds coming out to see the Olympic flame.|
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