By Matt Payne & Chris Edwards: An initiative aiming to recognise the work of Staffordshire miners who rebuilt a Czech village after World War Two has been launched.
The Lidice Project was launced at Staffordshire University as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day events today (January 27).
The Lidice Partnership is a group which honours the role miners from this region played in rebuilding Lidice and was originally founded by Sir Barnett Stross, who raised money for the original reconstruction.
The campaign was brought back to the public attention by local residents Alan and Cheryl Gerrard from The Artbay Gallery, Fenton.
The aim of the project is to provide inspiration for young people of Stoke-on-Trent by recounting the story of Lidice.
Alan told StaffsLive how a book sparked his interest in the tale.
“There was a mention of Bernard Stross and how Lidice was rebuilt following the fundraising efforts of Staffordshire miners,” he said. “That’s when I relaised this was something we need to shout loud and proud about.”
Television presenter Nick Hancock was at Staffordshire University for the Holocaust Memorial Day events.
He said: “The thing about Lidice is that it has a personal feel about it because it’s do it with Stoke-on-Trent.”
Nick Hancock placed his own label with a message around a memorial tree in the University grounds.
Click below to see interviews with Alan and Cheryl Gerrard and Nick Hancock: