10 interesting facts about Leicester that might surprise you
Leicester’s a boring city where nothing ever happens, right? Wrong!
Leicester’s a bustling, happening hive of activity, and has a rich history of being pretty damn interesting.
Below we’ve listed 10 of the most interesting facts about Leicester – some of which may just surprise you…
1. Leicester was the birthplace of local radio
First broadcast way back in 1967, Radio Leicester was Britain’s first ever local radio station.
2. Leicester is thought to have the most traffic lights than any other city in the UK
As well as having the most traffic lights, Leicester was also the first city to have both traffic lights and traffic wardens.
3. Leicester Market is the biggest outdoor, covered market in the whole of Europe
It’s a bit of tenuous record, but a record nonetheless!
4. Leicester entered the Guinness Book Of World Records in 1961, for having the largest Tesco in Europe!
Oh, the pride!
5. Another record for Leicester: the Queen’s Building at De Montfort Uni is the largest naturally ventilated building in Europe
Bet you didn’t know that!
6. Leicester hosts the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India
Up to 35,000 people attend the switch-on of the lights on Belgrave Road every year, and even more attend the Diwali day celebrations throughout the city.
7. Leicester is one of the oldest cities in the UK, with a history stretching back over 2,000 years
The Romans encountered a native Iron Age settlement in Leicester which is thought to have developed in the 2nd or 1st centuries BC. Meaning Leicester is older than Jesus!
8. Leicester is the tenth largest city in the UK, with a population of around 330,000
Leicester is bigger than cities like Nottingham, Derby and even Newcastle!
9. Leicester was the birthplace of the package holiday
The world-famous Thomas Cook was from Leicester, and organised the first ever package tour in 1841… to Loughborough!
10. Experts have agreed that Leicester is also the birthplace of modern standard English
That’s right, the language now used by more than 1 billion people to communicate with each other began in Leicester, developed as a way for Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to communicate rather than fight!
Do you know any other interesting facts about Leicester?
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