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10 Things You Didn't Know About Derby
Interesting Facts About Derby
Maybe you didn't even know Derby existed? Or maybe you've been fortunate enough to visit yourself?
Either way, this lens takes you through some very interesting facts about the UK city of Derby that I can confidently say you won't have already heard! There's a couple of surprises in there which will shock you. I promise you this - as whilst I was looking for some obscure facts about the city, I even surprised myself!
I've lived nearby to Derby for around 20 years or so now - and even some of these facts surprised me! It's amazing just how much you can find out about a place when you put some time to it!
Anyway, enjoy these facts and be sure to leave some comments on your way out :)
Photo courtesy of eamoncurry123
1) Most Secure Car Park In The World - Bold Lane Car Park in Derby
Photo courtesy of victuallers2
Believe it or not, Derby not only has the most secure car park in the whole world - it has one of the most secure places in the world!! Yep, you read correctly... IN THE WORLD!!
As per this BBC News story, Park Safe in Derby was recognised as one of the safest places in the world back in 2004. This modest car park based just on the outskirts of the city centre was in good company on the list, with other places including Fort Knox and Air Force One (the US Presidents plane!)
Having used the car park myself, I can vouch for it's service... my car is always where I'd previously left it!
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2) Biggest Ever Bowl of Popcorn! - UCI (Odeon) Cinema Derby (1991)
Photo courtesy of Fuzzy Gerdes
In 1991, Derby really got put on the popcorn map. It's reported that the UCI cinema (now known as the Odeon cinema) created this monster of a pile of popcorn to break the world record for the biggest ever below of popcorn.
Apparently it took staff three days to break the record! Blimey!
Now I'm too young to remember this, but being a lover of all things sweet... I really really really really wish I'd been around to see this!
With Derby now having a variety of additional cinemas (more recently the Cinema De Lux), let's see if any of the other venues fancy taking a crack at this record.... watch this space!!
3) Birth Place of Herbert Spencer - Derby Philosipher
Photo of the Derby Herbert Spencer memorial in Derby courtesy of Eamon Curry
Herbert Spencer was the famous philosopher born in Derby city centre in 1820.
Never heard of him before? Well I hadn't either until just!
Have you heard the term "survival of the fittest before"? Well that concept and the theories behind it were all derived by Spencer himself!
What a clever little chap we had in our city!
4) Home of Rolls-Royce - Derby's largest organisation
Photo courtesy of Bien Stephenson
Yup, you guessed it, Derby' largest employer is... drum rolls please... Rolls-Royce!
You may know them best for their prestigious cars but in actual fact they're now more commonly known for being one of the leading supplier's of engines and energy! With an order book of aerospace engines equating to billions of pounds, Rolls-Royce are set to continue to be one of the East Midland's biggest employers for some time to come!
5) Lara Croft Was Created in Derby - Derby's Core Design Company
One of the most famous computer game characters was created in... Derby! Did you know that? Crazy!!
Core Design created the character for her first appearance in the 1996 game. Since then, Lara Croft has literally boomed across the world and has been played with by millions of people! Tomb Raider
To top it all off, Angelina Jolie played Lara Croft in the that followed the games success!! movie franchise
Well done guys, you did Derby proud!
6) Home of Derby County - Football Club
Photo courtesy of Matlock-Photo
This is probably the most obvious of all of the facts I've put together on this lens, but what would a UK lens be without some mention of our national sport, Football?!
Derby County have a long history dating right back to 1884. They play their home games at one of the most recently developed UK football grounds, iPro Stadium (formely known, and opened by roayalty, as 'Pride Park').
Arguably, Derby County's most famous player was Peter Shilton, the most capped England football player of all time. However, in more recent years, The Rams have specialised in more 'home grown' talent whilst they've resided in the lower leagues of English football.
In terms of famous managers, Brian Clough is probably the one that would spring to most people's minds for the success and outlandish nature that the late Brian used to bring to the team.
7) First Purpose Build Basketball Arena in UK - The Thunderdome Derby
8) Derby Was Once Known as Darbye - Previous names for Derby
9) Birth Place to Joseph Wright - Derby's Joseph Wright
10) Twinned With Osnabruck - Derby's German Twin City
Photo courtesy of Jens-Olaf
In 1976, Derby became twinned with the German city of Osnabruck. The idea of the twinning of these completely contrasting (but complimenting!) places has led to some strong friendship and trading links. Throughout the decades there have been a variety of activities put on through the respective councils to engage in the relationships even further (I actually took part in a twin-city mini Olympics way back in the year 2000 - and I believe Derby were victorious on that occasion!)
Where is Derby?
If you didn't already know, this is where you'll find Derby - neatly tucked away in the centre of the UK!
Useful Derby Links
Here are some really useful Derby related websites that you may find useful!
- Discover Derby - Great Place, Great Base
Discover Derby, the UK's most central city, a great place for a cultural break and a great base to explore nearby Peak District delights. Home to the region's best shopping destination, the world's best real-ale, the world's first factory and describ
- Derby City Council
Derby City Council homepage
- Derby Bus Station
Lots of information about the bus station in Derby; including timetables and advice on getting to/around Derby
- LeeStewie Blog
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