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Reunion to mark Lotus closure 40th anniversary

A reunion is being held in Stone in September to mark the 40th anniversary of the closure of the Lotus shoe factory in the town.

All former employees are welcome to attend the reunion at Wetherspoons in Stone on 24th September from 7pm.

For more information, mail Terry williams on williams.terry93@yahoo.com

Lotus was originally named Bostock’s and was founded in the 18th century by Thomas Bostock, a cobbler. His three sons started their own factories in Stafford, Stone and Northampton. In 1919 the three factories amalgamated to become Lotus, which remained in Stone until the 1970s. The building on Longton Road was purchased by GEC Meters and is today occupied by ABB.

There are lots of photos of the Lotus factory on the excellent Staffordshire Past Track website.



  1. I would have come to this reunion, but it,s my son’s wedding on the 26th. On leaving school I joined Lotus, 1965-1970. Although I spent time at Stafford & Northampton, Stone was the main factory where I worked.I have fond memories of my time there. My interest in shoes is still alive and spend my spare time making shoes in my garden shed !

    Please let me know if there is any future reunion, I,ll be there
    Kind regards  Richard Wood

    PS I have some interior factory photos taken in 1966. These are on CD and sending them on to Staffordshre Pasttrack

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