However, the pottery industry is currently dying a sorry and painful death, due to Mexican sweatshops being a far cheaper source of plates and cups than England, with all it's health and safety laws and 'minimum wage' bollocks.
This has resulted in Stoke, formerly a haven for academic under-achievers due to the thousands of manual jobs in pot-banks, becoming a ghost town populated by recently redundant, now-unemployable, skilless (unless you see 'Fettling and Sponging' as a skill) troglodytes wandering about having fights with each other and/or students from the two local universities.
'Stoke-on-Trent' is also Mockney rhyming slang for 'Bent'. If you ever visit the place, you will see what a splendid aptronym-cum-epithet this is.
"Oh, really? How come you can read/ write, then?"
P.S. And its home to the Staffordshire Oatcake!!!! The most delightful snack available!!!!
'Fancy an Oatcake?'
Also the home of possibly the best thing to eat EVER: Oatcakes.
Accent consists of trying to say everything as fast as possible, also coming out with wierd nicknames.
stoke on trent person- Oy, duck, chuck me the doodah!
NP- I really want to see that new Harry Potter film!
S-O-T P- Ahreallywannaseethenewharrypotterfilm
or, with appropriate pronunciation
S-O-T P- Ah reely wan see tha new 'Arry Po'er film