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UNITED STRENGTH IS STRONGER*
Nearly 30 local civic, and business leaders attended a special radio programme, broadcast live on Cross Rhythms City Radio across Stoke-On-Trent on Wednesday 17th December 2003 from 12.30pm to 2.00pm
'Something To Celebrate' was a live Christmas buffet and Champagne party with contributions from all 30 leaders. Each person was looking back at 2003 and celebrating the year by sharing for a few minutes on air something that in their opinion has been successful and worthy of celebration in Stoke-on-Trent this year.
Said Chris Cole, Cross Rhythms CEO, "The purpose of this special programme is one of affirmation of the city and a recognition that there is an incredible amount of good news happening in our communities throughout the year. All the leaders assembled, whatever their background, will be united in bringing this to our attention".
During the live programme every leader received a gift as a token of acknowledgement for their service into our community. This gift was generously donated by local ceramics company Lorna Bailey Artware. A presentation was given to Mayor Mike Wolfe on behalf of every leader assembled from Cross Rhythms' Chris Cole. Said Chris, "Leaders often receive plenty of challenge or criticism from others but they rarely get acknowledged for the genuine good work they do and the pressures they take in their desire to make positive contributions to our city. The times of sacrifice, hard work, standing in being misunderstood and genuine heart for the people of Stoke is mostly unseen and unencouraged."
Chris continued, "We ourselves have been so thrilled by the generosity of Lorna Bailey and her team in supporting us in this celebration and acknowledgement of local leadership. Lorna has been a beacon of light for local creative enterprise in the city and her contemporary ceramic gift, given at such an occasion, is an encouragement to us all that to move forward in our contemporary age will require ever increasing partnership, relationships and a level of common purpose within our city."
Mayor Mike Wolfe
Cllr Geoff Davies - Independent Group Leader
Cllr Mick Salih - Labour Group Leader
Cllr Roger Ibbs - Conservative Group Leader
Cllr Jean Bowers - Lib Dem Group Leader
Cllr Paul Breeze - Deputy Mayor
David Bailey - Media & Comms Officer, Staffs Police
Chief Superintendent John Wood - Staffs Police
Malcolm Hawksworth - City Centre Manager
John De Kanter - INSTAFFS
Debbie Sanderson - Head Teacher Mitchell High School
Kevin Howard - Signal Radio
Daniel Flynn - YMCA
Charles Machin - Port Vale FC
Dec Brennan - Action Line
Thurayya Cahill - Union of African & African Caribbean Organisations
Dave Newall - Citizen's Advice Bureau
Patrick Parks - Hanley Hope Centre
Kirk Thompson - Children's Fund
Derek Munro & Maxine Kelly - Voluntary Action
Sara Littlejohn - Volunteer Reading Help
Jon Cotgreave - Groundwork
James McAteer - Media Action Group For Mental Health
Phill Tapp - Learning Skills Council
Lloyd Cooke - Saltbox Christian Centre
Robert Mountford - City Vision Ministries
*United Strength Is Stronger is the Stoke-on-Trent city motto.
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