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Five things you should know about Warrington

PUBLISHED: 13:23 13 March 2014 | UPDATED: 23:14 23 October 2015

Golden Gates and the Town Hall

Golden Gates and the Town Hall

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Warrington has been officially part of Cheshire for forty years, here are our top five facts

1. Warrington was chosen as the site of the UK’s first Ikea store which opened in October 1987.

2. Humphrey Bogart and Bob Hope were among the stars who visited the Burtonwood Airfield to entertain the servicemen at the US Army Air Force’s biggest base outside America.

3. Warrington Walking Day, held towards the end of June, sees thousands of people from churches of all denominations parade through the streets.

4. The glitzy Golden Gates at the town hall were originally designed for Sandringham Palace but were rejected by Queen Victoria who was not amused to see them displayed next to a statue of Oliver Cromwell who signed the death warrant of her predecessor, Charles I.

5. The town has a history of wire manufacture and until their re-branding as the Wolves, the town’s successful Rugby League side were nicknamed The Wire.

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