23 Things People Don't Tell You About Growing Up In Luton
The wonder of the Galaxy Complex will always stay with you.
You knew the weekend had started when your mum said, "Shall we go to Blockbuster's?"
And if you were really lucky, you'd spend Saturdays at Toys "R" Us at Gipsy Lane.
Or having indoor football parties at Lea Manor.
You always hoped the Black Thunder from 97.6 Chiltern FM would turn up at your school.
School swimming lessons usually meant a trip to the slightly creepy Bath Road pool.
And school outings were often taken to the "thrilling" Wardown Park Museum.
End-of-term trips were obviously to Whipsnade Zoo though.
You probably had at least one parent (or knew a friend's parent) who worked here:
And you knew lots of other parents who worked here:
Which meant having a Vauxhall car until the end of time.
A trip into town meant only one thing...whizzing round the whirly car park.
So you could go shopping at the Arndale (not The Mall).
Followed by McDonald's at the roundabout with the three horseshoes.
The wonder of the Galaxy complex will always stay with you.
And its futuristic walkway to the car park was epic.
Your first teenage hobby was laughing at tourists who thought Luton Airport was in London.
The furious, despairing look on their faces when they realised they needed to get on a train was priceless.
Which changed to Thirsty Thursdays at Yates as you got older.
And you were gutted when Liquid shut down.
You got sick of people slagging off Luton whenever you told them where you were from.
So you'd end up telling new friends that you were from "just north of London".
But these days, you know the truth. There's nothing wrong with being from Luton.
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