A former Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent in the 1950s, Horace Barks was a strong advocate of Esperanto (gaining the nickname Mr. Esperanto). So when ‘The Green Star’, a Smallthorne pub, was being built Barks naturally requested that the brewery add the words ‘la verda stelo’ (the pub’s name in Esperanto) onto the side of the building. The brewer agreed.

The Green Star can still be found on the corner of Esperanto Way, a stones throw from Zamenhof Grove (named for the creator of Esperanto) though from some time in 2005 the sign saying ‘la verda stelo’ is no longer displayed.

The office and administrative centre of ‘Esperanto-Asocio de Britio’ (Esperanto Association of Britain) is just outside Stoke-on-Trent in the Wedgwood Memorial College, Barlaston. Horace Barks helped set up the first courses there in 1960.

Taken from Wikipedia - 25th May 2013

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