It's take to take a trip down memory lane…Take a look at our video above and you'll see some fascinating images looking back at the shops in Hanley in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.If you're in the mood for some more recent nostalgia you can also find a video showing 27 shops and clubs in Hanley from the 1990s that are no longer with us by clicking here.When a young Stella Groschel heard of her friend's plans to join a marriage bureau in her search for a husband, she was shocked to the core. I thought it was rather on the dangerous side and something that only really desperate, peculiar people would consider." Since then, however, Stella has learned to see matters from the other side.It was the Forties and, quite simply, respectable girls just didn't do that sort of thing. Now aged 83, she can lay claim to the title of the country's oldest and most long-standing matchmaker, still dispatching affairs of the heart at the country offices of her own dating agency.The insensitive munition explosive is less volatile and reactive to outside stimuli, such as rocket-propelled grenades, improvised explosive devices and extreme high temperatures.
Gandhi's views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in what we believe is evil.Fifty years ago, this woman set up Britain's first modern dating agency and created a giant industry.20,000 lonely hearts later (including her own) her views on the changing mores of romance make fascinating reading."Old men always want a young dolly bird, and the plainest girls still like to think they can get themselves a millionaire," says Stella waspishly.Today, she still sports the steely, scrutinising gaze that has been her principal professional tool during her 50-year career - a career she fell into by accident to distract herself from an unhappy marriage of her own (the irony of that inconvenient fact does not, of course, escape her).