Where's that calendar??
No, turns out it isn't April.
Lohan for PM!
Troubled wildchild turned Brexit commenter Lindsay Lohan has accepted the challenge of turning on Kettering for Christmas, in order to “redeem her political reputation”. Lindsay, who is currently having a rest in the UK, displayed a hitherto unknown talent for political analysis as the referendum results poured in last week, …
I used to live in Kettering (working for
a pittancePegasus Software). Now I live in Brackley. Same county but about as far away from it as is possible, which due to Northamptonshire's shape means nearly fifty miles away :)
It was okay as a town in the late 80s but not particularly friendly. And Weetabix is made in Burton Latimer which at the time I was there seemed to be a village a couple of miles outside of Kettering. I do wonder how it changed when the link road to the M1 was completed. It may have changed for the better, I've been told it's grown a lot.
That extension to the Newlands centre they took forever to build? They extended the extension too. Last time I saw it a few years ago, most of it that isn't bargain bucket-shops is empty.
For anyone else, the chief employers in the county were shoe factories, which all went down the pan in the 80s and several places never recovered. There weren't any union gobshites or plucky brass bands to make films about, but at least there was a small tranny contingent to give a pathetically short-lived moment of hope before the last factory got quietly smothered in its sleep (ref. 'Kinky Boots').
On the other hand, the A14 does provide an excellent means of avoiding the whole town.
(Although it sadly chops up several sections of old railway track that used to provide excellent countryside walks away from Kettering. At least some of those are being restored around the Stanwick Lakes on the A45, though with less of the fun of traversing the gaping holes in the old Nene bridges between Woodford and Irthlingborough).
defined Kettering as "the marks left in the skin after sitting in a wicker chair."
I just happened to remember that - 35 years on.
(ISTR "Ludlow" was described as "the folded piece of paper to steady a table" with a note that "before he was supplied with prosthetic legs, Sir Douglas Bader used to get around on a massive pair of Ludlows").
Yes they have gas :-) but not a lot else these days :-(
It was a thriving market town until the Council turned the market square into 'The Restaurant Sector', and the High Street died due to the loss of market day foot-fall. It's mainly charity and empty shops now, with most of the chains in large out-of-town sites, just off the A14.
At least there is still Wicksteed Park.
Kettrin and the surrounding areas gained quite unique accents during the height of the Shoe Industry as workers condensed their utterances to fit into the gaps between machine noises. Rowl (Rothwell) was probably the most impenetrable, with even the fledgling BBC Radio Northampton taking the p1ss!
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