1. First of all, let’s make it clear we’re talking about historic boundaries here. This is true Lancashire:
We’re going to use “Lancs.” instead of “Greater Manchester” as our address and you can’t stop us.
2. Yorkshire may have the North York Moors, but we have some pretty dramatic countryside too.
This is a view across to the Ribble Valley, taken from the eastern slope of Pendle Hill.
3. Lots of it.
The River Ribble wending through fields near Clitheroe, with Longridge Fell in the distance.
6. Prefer fewer illuminations? There’s this beautiful beach at Formby.
(Sun not guaranteed.)
7. And right behind it is a wood with some of the last remaining red squirrels in the UK.
8. Lancashire has some excellent place names.
Nob End is a former waste site that’s now a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
13. I mean, we invented the butter pie.
For the uninitiated, it’s buttery mash in a pie, and was first made for Lancashire’s Catholic population to eat on Friday’s when they couldn’t have meat. It’s also perfect hangover food, if you can get it.
17. We make the best Parkin. And bonfire toffee.
Something to do with those treacle mines in Sabden?
19. We invented Vimto, the greatest of all the cordials.
Vimto was created in 1908 in a warehouse in Manchester as a health tonic. In 1913 it as was rebranded as a cordial.
26. We have the most successful football team in Premier League history.
27. Remember school trips to Camelot?
Who needs Alton Towers when you have a theme park that runs jousting tournaments? (Sadly Camelot closed in 2012 :( )
33. The first “test tube baby” was born in Oldham.
Louise Brown was the first child conceived using IVF. She was born in Oldham Hospital in 1978 and now has children of her own.