Mrs. Trudi Mercer opened the Chrismas Fayre at the Methodist Church which stood on The Avenue, Stone.Standing, left to right: Rev. Gerald Cole, Mr and Mrs Ethan Buxton, Mrs Trudi Mercer. The little girl in front of Mrs. Mercer is Allyson Lloyd.
The Stone Town Band was created in 1954 after the disbanding of the Stone Volunteers military band, which had been active in the town since the early part of the century. Mr Ted Dixon was the founder of the Band and he is pictured here instructing four girls. He later died in 1983.
Today, the Band is in great demand to play at civic parades, social events and concerts in many different venues primarily around Stone town, but also around Staffordshire. The most popular performances are the annual Christmas Parties and Summer Concerts for the elderly residents in the town. The Band receives support from Stone Town Council and income is generated from its performances to cover expenses for its charitable activities.
The Stone Charity Cup was played over the Christmas holidays, with the final taking place at Easter. Four teams took part: Stone St. Dominic’s, Quickfit & Quartz, Stone St. Michael’s and Stone Lotus. Big crowds would attend matches at the Lotus ground on Oulton Road.
By Christmas 1914 over four hundred Stone men were in uniform. We will remember them.
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