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packed away stand...!
Interesting National Express journey as always, I will continue to moan about the price increases, I swear a return used to be £19.50... This time I shelled out a whopping £40 for travel...Trains would have been £165... WOW!

Still the same old 60's concrete Town Hall to greet as you leave the coach, at least they've done away with the knackered corrugated metal bus station. Twas an eyesore and a public safety hazard, guaranteed loss of wallet/jewellery upon entry...

A 10 second walk up the hill and you find Darlo's 18th century square, now surrounded by 'wetherspoonsy' type establishments and the beautiful cobbles replaced by dull concrete slabs, apparently for 'disabled access'. A nice sentiment but a sure fire way to ruin a towns image.
.. Further up the hill the usual suspects in shopping choice, you've got your Topshops, your River Islands etc... but... to my great surprise nestled behind the commercial bustle were alleyway after alleyway of beautiful boutique shops, sweet cream tea wielding cafe's and well presented photography outlets... I like the back streets...!

Tuesday night... Darlington Arena - Darlington Vs Port Vale - Darlo's new 27,000 seater stadium is the most ridiculous oversight by any sporting establishment... EVER! A gorgeous stadium, clean, efficiently staffed and a rowdy football crowd as you'd expect, Sadly with an average attendance of 1750 the shiny new seats were empt but for one terrace and with almost guaranteed relegation this year it'll only get worse. Still... the cheapest clubshop you'll find across the lands, £13 for a shirt, £20 for a full strip including socks! bargain...

I'm rambling, I'll finish this later...!
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packed away stand...!
packed away stand...!
Clubshop... Closed.
Clubshop... Closed.
The UKs biggest Oxfam? I found mo…
The UK's biggest Oxfam? I found m…
a single vain shot!
a single vain shot!
hills are pretty...
hills are pretty...
lots of pics from sunset cycling, …
lots of pics from sunset cycling,…
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