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Statue unveiling delayed by weather

A yearlong celebration has been taking place in Stoke-on-Trent.  The town has been celebrating the 100th year since the federation of six towns that comprise Stoke-on-Trent.  The severe weather, however, is causing the cancellation of the year’s final event.

The event was scheduled to take place Saturday in Hanley Park, but current icy and snowy conditions, mixed with the threat of more bad weather, have forced officials to reschedule.  The affair in the park will now take place on 26 March, 2011.

Officials commented that due to increasingly severe conditions at the park itself and on the roads, cancellation was the only option left.  They had hoped to complete the observance of the federation on its 100th year of existence, but that will now have to stretch into Stoke-on-Kent’s 101st year.

The unveiling of a recently commissioned statue honouring the federation history will still take place outside of the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, located in the town centre.  The statue is made up of two intertwining figures, depicting the coming together of the various towns it took to unite and become Stoke-on-Trent.

Several schools in the area will be closed on Friday in anticipation of yet another storm that is predicted to bring sleet, snow, and freezing rain.

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