Gas first for Burton-on-Trent

It is the 200th anniversary of Britain's gas industry. It's also the 45th anniversary of a date that puts Burton-on-Trent at the centre.

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Bridget Agar holding a picture of Jordan. Credit: Caters News Agency


45 years of natural gas

This year marks 200th anniversary of Britain's gas industry.

It's also the 45th anniversary of a landmark date that put a town in Staffordshire at the centre of a gas revolution.

Burton upon Trent is best-known for its brewing heritage, but it was also the first place to convert to natural gas rather than using gas manufactured from coal.

For the first time, many people could enjoy gas central heating and constant hot water.

And the government put out a lengthy and informative information film about how people in Burton were dealing with the change.


Motorcyclist dies in crash

A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a car at Button Bridge near Burton yesterday evening.

Two Midlands Air ambulances and other emergency services attended the scene.

"Despite the efforts of medics at the incident, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service


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