King George V and Queen Mary visit Stoke-on-Trent 5th June 1925

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A royal visit to Stoke-on-Trent during which King George V lays the foundation stone to an extension at the North Staffordshire Infirmary.





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We begin with shots of crowds gathered outside the King's Hall in Stoke on Trent awaiting the arrival of the royal party. Opposite the King's Hall large crowds have also gathered outside a branch of the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance building. The King and Queen arrive by horse drawn carriage and mingle with local dignitaries. The King inspects soldiers of the North Staffordshire Regiment. We then cut to another arrival, this time at the North Staffordshire Infirmary at Hartshill. The King meets disabled servicemen and there is a shot of a foundation stone and case containing the royal trowel and spirit level. We then see the King laying mortar under the stone which marks the foundation of a new extension at the hospital. From within the crowd we see the royal carriage departing. This is followed by more shots of the King inspecting troops, a police officer holding back the crowd and the King making a speech.


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At the time the North Staffordshire Infirmary was reported to be the largest hospital outside London. It was also reported that the open carriage used by the King and Queen had been sent up from the Royal Mews in London. It was during this visit that the King announced city status for Stoke on Trent.