The Lord Mayor of the City of Stoke on Trent will be took afternoon tea with invited guests and “Friends of Hanley Park” on Tuesday.
Councillor Anthony Munday attended the event, in the Atrium restaurant at Stoke on Trent College, to celebrate the start of restoration work to the park’s Hammersley fountain.
Student’s from Stoke on Trent College’s “School Links” programme created a specially designed dragon cake, depicting images of the four water-spouting winged creatures that once surrounded the terracotta fountain.
It was installed in the park, close to the college’s Lifestyle building, in 1896 but at some point in the intervening years, the wyverns were removed.
A quest was set in search of the missing creatures, and members of the public who came forward with information and images will also join in the afternoon tea.
Julie Hilditch, lecturer in hospitality and catering at Stoke on Trent College said: “We were delighted to be asked to create a cake for the occasion. Our school link’s students created a similar cake for the birthday celebrations in the park last summer and were asked to create one for afternoon tea with the Lord Mayor. They have been coming up with ideas for the dragons and other parts of the cake, it has been a real team effort!”
Jane Lovatt, Stoke on Trent College Restaurant and Operations Manager for Hospitality and Catering said: “It was an honour to have the Lord Mayor of the City of Stoke on Trent join us in our Atrium restaurant. We are open to the public every weekday and serve a variety of dishes as well as home cooked breads, jams and chutneys. We encourage our students to serve all our customers with the utmost professionalism, however, catering for dignitaries such as the Lord Mayor, creates an enormous value and pride to their work as well as giving them an ideal opportunity to showcase their skills in an environment they wouldn’t always be able to do”.
Councillor Munday was joined by relatives of George Howson who originally donated the bandstand in the park as well as members of the local community who have helped to make the restoration project a reality.