Boris Johnson’s trademark blond mop of hair has been immortalised on a toby jug, by a Hanley-based pottery company.
Every Prime Minister dating back decades has featured on one of the mugs created by Bairstow Manor Collectables. Now – just as the country prepares to go to the polls – Mr Johnson has become the latest to feature on the pottery.
The company has been producing political memorabilia for years and its work includes previous PMs Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.
Owner Roger Bairstow, who says there has been increasing demand for toby jugs, reveals the political series was an ‘accident’.
The 76-year-old said: “We did the first 12, going back to Neville Chamberlain and up to Tony Blair. We put them on a show down at the King’s Hall, in Stoke, and a buyer from the House of Commons happened to come in, spotted them and we managed to sell them.”
The political inspiration behind the series came out because Roger believes politics affects everyone and it is part of our everyday life.
“The toby jugs have created an interest in politics, which is what the country runs on, so it’s important to everybody, which is why this series is so relevant.”
Roger took over the pottery firm from his dad and now runs the business, which is based at Far Green Industrial Estate in Chell Street.
As for his latest political toby jug, it may prove to a collector’s item with a difference. Boris Johnson could become one of the shortest serving Prime Ministers if he loses the General Election – or he could be in office for many years to come.