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21 Things You'll Totally Get If You Grew Up In Chester

"See you at Rosies."

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1. Whenever you tell people where you're from, they ask whether you watch Hollyoaks.

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The number of times you have had to explain that although it's set in Chester, it's actually filmed in Liverpool is ridiculous.

2. If you lived outside of Chester, you probably lived somewhere on the number 1 bus route to Wrexham.

If you've been on this bus recently, you'll know that it now has announcements in both English and Welsh and free Wi-Fi, which is very fancy.
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If you've been on this bus recently, you'll know that it now has announcements in both English and Welsh and free Wi-Fi, which is very fancy.

3. Which means you never know whether to tell people you're from Chester or North Wales.

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For some reason, it's really difficult to explain that you lived in Wales but went to school in England.

4. As a teenager, you thought hanging out on the rows was the coolest way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Life didn't get much better than sitting outside Office, drinking Fruit Boosts, and sharing Millie's Cookies.
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Life didn't get much better than sitting outside Office, drinking Fruit Boosts, and sharing Millie's Cookies.

5. You're embarrassed to admit that you've queued to get into Jack Wills at some point in your life.

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If you were a ~very cool~ teenager, you might have even made out with someone on the sofas at the back.

6. You know that nothing on this earth is as bad as Race Day in Chester.

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And if you've ever worked in a bar, you'll know that Ladies Day is the worst of the lot.

7. For some reason, you felt an intense rivalry with everyone from Chester who wasn't from your school.

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You've no idea why, but you did.

8. Some of your first memories of being drunk took place in Rosies, before they officially called it Rosies.

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You collected 3-in-a-bed vouchers from Lakota and The Red Lion so you could skip the queue, and then spent all night on the second floor.

9. And you're pretty sure Rosies is the only club on this earth that serves hot dogs on the dance floor.

Welp, my rosies hot dog didn't look to good this morning in the toilet #memorialday

For a while, they moved the stand next to the cloakrooms, but then they decided that the dance floor was its true home.

10. You remember when Cruise opened, and it was massive news that Chester now had two nightclubs.

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The good thing about Cruise was that it was easy to share fake IDs because you could pass them through the smoking area. But the bad thing was that it didn't fry onions and sausage meat indoors.

11. Although you've also spent many a regrettable night at Off The Wall.

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Where you drank Blue WKDs and Cheeky Vimtos, and peeled your arms off the bar when you got up to move away.

12. You've been on at least one ~group hang~ to the park.

Where you sat in a circle, with your handbags in the middle, smoking and drinking warm cider.
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Where you sat in a circle, with your handbags in the middle, smoking and drinking warm cider.

13. And if things got serious, you got your parents to drive you to Delamere Forest for a date.

Other good teenage date places included the cathedral gardens and the benches by the river.
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Other good teenage date places included the cathedral gardens and the benches by the river.

14. You remember the day the Odeon in town closed being really sad, even though you could just get a bus to Cheshire Oaks.

And Vue always had a way bigger selection of films on anyway.
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And Vue always had a way bigger selection of films on anyway.

15. And every trip to Vue was followed by a meal at Frankie & Benny's or Bella Italia.

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16. The actual saddest day was the day the massive Borders closed.

There's still a good Waterstones in town, but it's just not the same.
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There's still a good Waterstones in town, but it's just not the same.

17. If you went out for a fancy dinner with your parents, chances are you'd spot a footballer.

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It was probably Michael Owen because it was always Michael Owen.

18. But really, you were all about an after-school trip to Greyhound Park so you could have a McDonald's.

While you were there, your mum always popped into TK Maxx.
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While you were there, your mum always popped into TK Maxx.

19. You've been on school trips to the Grosvenor Museum, Chester Zoo, and assorted farms in the local area.

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The Zoo was obviously the best bit — especially if you got to go after the bat cave was redone.

20. And you've definitly got caught up in a Roman march around the walls at some point.

You might have even gone to one, as someone's birthday party.
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You might have even gone to one, as someone's birthday party.

21. And even if you've moved away, you know Chester will always hold a special place in your heart.

And you'll continue to meet old friends at the cross whenever you go back.
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And you'll continue to meet old friends at the cross whenever you go back.