44 Reasons Lancashire Is Better Than Yorkshire

It's the War of the Roses all over again. And we are winning by a mile.

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1. First of all, let's make it clear we're talking about historic boundaries here. This is true Lancashire:

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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.

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This is a view across to the Ribble Valley, taken from the eastern slope of Pendle Hill.

11. The first fish and chip shop in the north of England opened in Lancashire.

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As early as 1863, it is believed that entrepreneur John Lees was selling fish and chips out of a wooden hut at Mossley market, near Oldham.

13. I mean, we invented the butter pie.

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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.

33. The first "test tube baby" was born in Oldham.

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Louise Brown was the first child conceived using IVF. She was born in Oldham Hospital in 1978 and now has children of her own.

36. But we're not resting on our laurels. Wonder material graphene was isolated at Manchester Uni in 2003.

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In 2010 Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery.

42. Oh and we have the Trafford Centre.

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Ok, ok. But do you remember how excited you were when it first opened?! For three golden years it was the biggest shopping centre in the UK. Try to remember the good old days.