Local poet’s “Circus Train Poem” installed at Stoke-on-Trent Station

15th August 2019

Passengers using the Platform 2 waiting room at Stoke-on-Trent Station will now be able to read Dean Brindley’s original poem, The Circus Train, as they wait for their train.

In the late 1900s the Barnum and Bailey Circus and its 100 wagon circus train were a show business legend which regularly used Stoke Station. The circus’ winter quarters were at the Wenger’s factory at Garner Street, Etruria, until 1900. The procession on foot through the city, was a mile long and took 20 minutes to pass by.

Keele University student, Dean Brindley, is completing an MA in Creative Writing and has lived in Stoke-on-Trent all his life. The city’s heritage features strongly in his work.

Claire Sandys, Community Rail Partnership Officer for the Crewe – Derby Line said: “The role of the N Staffs Community Rail Partnership is to connect communities with their local stations. Dean’s poem is a very good example of how a local resident has used his research and writing skills to introduce station users to a part of Stoke’s rich heritage that many will be unfamiliar with.”

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