Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire film archive founder appointed MBE

A filmmaker who has documented Staffordshire's history has been appointed MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Ray Johnson founded the Staffordshire Film Archive, which is kept at Staffordshire University.

He said he was quite proud that as a result of his work Stoke-on-Trent was "probably one of the best documented cities in the world".

Interviews and videos recorded or found by Mr Johnson are in the archive.

'Very fulfilling'

It includes footage documenting the industrial background and social history of Staffordshire.

Mr Johnson said: "People can come to me and get access to anything.

"It [the work] is very fulfilling for me. It's very important to me."

Mr Johnson said documenting changing times helped people understand the present as well as the past.

Another person to have been honoured in Staffordshire is Suzanne Edwards, who has been appointed MBE.

She runs a voluntary transport scheme for elderly and disabled people in south Staffordshire.

Mrs Edwards, of Tettenhall, who has run the scheme for 24 years, said she was "humbled and shocked" by the honour.

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