Interesting to me how many of us mentioned the football team or stadium. In the 90s they were in the top division, then they fell right out of the football league, I wonder what effect that has on a town's identity. They are in the Championship now... just about.
I'm sure... I'm just wonder what it means for a town that in the 90s as soon as someone said Luton there was this association for half the country, which by the 2010s wouldn't really be there for people below a certain age. And of course the thing of having glamour teams coming to play, tv cameras and so on... and then nothing. I guess it's kinda like any business closing or failing or whatever but somehow different cos it's football and it has this emotion that you don't really get with a Rover factory or something.Football's not my strong point but I guess the decline is probably down to a lack of investment in the place. Watford were the other big local team at school and they seem to have done alright.
Lancashire mill towns aren't really comparable, because the settings have better stonework. The north might appear grim, but a place like Burnley has a lot more soul than a heap like Luton. The fun facts i know about Hastings are Crowley's death and that David Tibet lives there. Never been.
Impossible for someone like Mvuent who grew up in a log cabin skinning rabbits to understand how cramped and claustrophobic England is. A sinking ship.