People hungry for good news about city - publisher

A man who returned to his home city after a decade in London has launched an online news service to highlight the positives of Stoke-on-Trent.

James Routledge said media coverage of the city had been "overwhelmingly negative", which did not reflect his experience of the place and its people.

The Knot has been published online once a week for the past nine weeks, with 1,000 people signed up so far.

"I really feel like people are hungry for good news, hungry to go out in this area," said Mr Routledge, from Meir Heath.

He conceded there were issues and depravation in the city, adding that he was not about "false optimism," but wanted to help "raise up the whole area".

The publication is emailed to people on a Monday, with daily updates on social media.

"I've been telling people stories they did not know about," said Mr Routledge, adding that had seen "wonderful stuff" in the city.

"There are people here that want to be proud of where they live, they want to eat good food, go on good walks, experience good culture... I'm just making it easier to find that stuff," he said.

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