More Interesting Facts About Leicestershire...

The first British civilians to fight in the First World War

were a group of 50 men, dubbed The Famous 50. They were mostly miners, from the North West Leicestershire town of Coalville.
Leicester Riders, Britain’s oldest basketball team was founded in 1967.

Leicester Tigers, are among the most successful rugby teams in the world.

Leicestershire is the Spiritual Home of Rock Music, starting back in 1980 with the first Monsters of Rock at Donington Park.

Leicester Comedy Festival, is the longest running comedy festival in the UK.

Leicestershire is the only place in the world where you can seesteamtrainspasseachother. TheGreatCentralRailway starts in Loughborough and travels to Birstall.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4. Created by Sue Townsend was set in Leicester and was the biggest selling British book of the 1980s.

Narborough Road, Leicester, has the most diverse shopping street in Britain, with at least 23 different nationalities in the space of a mile.

Wilko’s, started out on November 8th, 1930 at 151 Charnwood Street, Leicester.

The charter to abolish slavery, was drafted at Rothley Temple in Leicestershire, former home of the Knights Templar. Temple owner Thomas Babington was friends with William Wilberforce, the man who took it through Parliament.

Britain’s largest cheese fair, takes place in Melton Mowbray, in North East Leicestershire.

Coalville factory Palitoy, enhanced British playtimes from the 1960s to the 1980s. They gave Britain its Star Wars figures and accessories, Action Men, Tiny Tears and Girls’ World.