Vera Mary Brittain (29 December 1893 – 29 March 1970) was an English writer, feminist and pacifist, best remembered as the author of the best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth, recounting her experiences during World War I and the beginning of her journey towards pacifism.
Philip Astley (8 January 1742 – 27 January 1814) is regarded as the "father of the modern circus. " The circus industry, as a presenter of an integrated entertainment experience that includes music, domesticated animals, acrobats, and clowns, traces its heritage to Astley's Amphitheatre, a riding school that Astley founded in London following the success of his invention of the circus ring in 1768.
Llinos "Llin" Golding, Baroness Golding (born 21 March 1933) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom who currently sits in the House of Lords. The daughter of Ness Edwards MP, she was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Newcastle-under-Lyme from 1986 to 2001, having replaced her husband John Golding. After stepping down at the 2001 general election she was created a Life peer as Baroness Golding, of Newcastle-under-Lyme in the County of Staffordshire in the same year.
John Golding (9 March 1931–20 January 1999, age 67) was a Labour Party politician and Trade Union leader in the United Kingdom. He was educated at Chester Grammar School, Keele University and the London School of Economics. After some time working in the Civil Service he took up a research job with the Post Office Engineering Union. Golding was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Newcastle-under-Lyme at a by-election in 1969.
Robert Scott Alexander, Baron Alexander of Weedon, QC, FRSA (5 September 1936— 6 November 2005) was a British barrister, banker and Conservative politician. Educated at Brighton College and King's College, Cambridge, and called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1961. An early case of note was his successful defence of Dr Caroline Deys before the General Medical Council in 1972.
Dominic Gerald Cork is an English cricketer who bowls swing and seam, and is an aggressive lower-order batsman. On Thursday 2 October 2008 he joined Hampshire after signing a 2 year deal with The Hawks. Cork made his first-class debut with Derbyshire against the touring New Zealanders in 1990, and was a regular member of the county side the following year, gaining attention by taking 8-53 against a strong Essex side.
David John Cameron MacKay, FRS, (born April 22, 1967) is the professor of natural philosophy in the department of Physics at the University of Cambridge and chief scientific adviser to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. Before being appointed to the DECC, MacKay was most well known as author of the book Sustainable Energy — Without the Hot Air.
Robert Fitzgerald "Robbie" Earle MBE (born 27 January 1965 in Newcastle-under-Lyme) is an English-born Jamaican former international footballer who played as a midfielder. He played approximately 600 games in senior club football, scoring around 150 goals. He currently works in television as a commentator and pundit for ITV. A former youth player with Stoke City, Earle broke into the professional game with Port Vale in 1982.
George Longstaff (?1947 - 5 October 2003) was a British bicycle builder with a high reputation for tandem bicycles, tricycles and handbuilt touring bicycles. He founded the Longstaff Cycle Centre in Chesterton near Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1982 and soon established a reputation as a builder of high quality bikes. He was also known as a tandem and trike rider and an ingenious creator of specialist adaptations for disabled cyclists.
Alan Richardson is an English cricketer. He played for Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Middlesex before signing for Worcestershire in 2009. Richardson made his first-class debut for Derbyshire in 1995 and, though he didn't make a contribution with the bat, his three wickets showed impressive potential. Richardson played one match for Staffordshire County Cricket Club, in a Minor Counties Championship draw in 1998.
Melvyn "Mel" Machin (born 16 April 1945 in Newcastle-under-Lyme) is an English former footballer and manager. He made a large impact at Norwich City, being voted into their Hall of Fame in 2002, as well as spending six years in charge at Bournemouth.
John Thomas Ikin was an English cricketer who played in 18 Tests from 1946 to 1955. Jack Ikin was a solid left-handed batsman whose comparatively mediocre Test record underplays his contribution to the team as a sturdy foil to such players as Hutton and Compton. He played minor county cricket for Staffordshire from the age of 16 and appeared for Lancashire in four games in 1939, with George Headley falling as the first of his 339 first-class wickets.
Janet Bloomfield (10 October 1953 - 2 April 2007) was a peace and disarmament campaigner who was chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) from 1993 to 1996. Born as Janet Elizabeth Hood in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England, Bloomfield was educated at Abbeydale Grange School, Sheffield and Sussex University, where she obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Geography. Bloomfield was the Chair of the CND, the largest peace and disarmament organisation in Europe from 1993 - 1996.
Freddie Garrity (14 November 1936, Manchester, England–19 May 2006, Bangor, Wales) was the singer, frontman and comical element in the 1960s pop band Freddie and the Dreamers. In the early years of the band, Garrity’s official birth-date was given as 14 November 1940 to make him appear younger and therefore more appealing to the youth market who bought the majority of records sold in England at the time. Garrity’s trademark was his habit of leaping up and down during performances.
Adrian Heath (born 11 January 1961 in Newcastle-under-Lyme) is an English football manager and former player. He is currently manager of American team Austin Aztex. As a player he is best remembered as part of the successful Everton side of the 1980s.
William Frederick Kite MM & Two Bars (January 5, 1921 – June 1993), known as Buck, was a highly decorated British soldier who fought in the Second World War. Kite was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1921. He attended Hassell Street School followed by The Orme School. At the age of 17 years he joined the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment. For gallantry in action, Kite received the Military Medal and two Bars.
Emma Amos is an English actress best known for playing Yvonne Sparrow in the last three series of time travel sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart alongside Nicholas Lyndhurst. She replaced original actress Michelle Holmes who held the role from 1993-1996. In 1992, she received much critical acclaim for her role of Sherbet Gravel in Philip Ridley's controversial stage play The Fastest Clock in the Universe. In 1991, Emma landed a part in the British movie Buddy's Song.
Jeremy Lefroy is a British Conservative politician. Lefroy was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary spokesman for the Stafford constituency on 11 August 2006 and will fight the seat at the 2010 general election. He was formerly one of the three Conservative Councillors for the Westlands ward of Newcastle-under-Lyme Council.