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With a population of 280,000, Leicester is the largest city in the East Midlands and the tenth largest in the country.
Leicester City Council Building.
Its importance was first recognised by the Romans and later by the Danes, who used it as a strategic stronghold to control the Midlands. Since then it has developed into a major commercial and manufacturing centre, known better for the diversity of its trade than for its dependence on a single industry.
It is also a historic meeting place. For centuries people of different races and cultures have gathered in Leicester, creating a rich and unique heritage. This diversity continues today. The city's thriving ethnic minority community accounts for more than a third of Leicester's population and continues to enrich city life.
In the South East corner of Staffordshire is to be found the bustling town of Tamworth. In this town can be found the old and the new. Tamworth Castle is regarded as one of the finest of the "Little Castles of England". It is intact and hosts many exhibitions.
Tamworth Castle (Viewed over the river Anker.)
The Snow Dome is unique in Britain and gives skiers, novice and expert alike, the chance to ski indoors on real snow!
Tamworth is home to a number of national and multi-national companies such as CPP and Ocean Finance. The town supports a wide range of industrial and service companies and its position close to the M6 Toll Motorway and the M42 give it excellent road communications.
Hinckley is a Market town that lies at the very heart of England, in the county of Leicestershire. It was the centre of the Roman Empire - called High Cross - and now forms a crucial link in the Midland's comprehensive rail and motorway network.
St Mary's Church C.15th Century.
The town, which is approximately half-way between the cities of Leicester and Coventry, covers an area of 3,565 acres in South-West Leicestershire, just a mile from the Warwickshire border.
It is the administrative centre of the Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth and has a population of around 60,000, including the nearby large villages of Earl Shilton, Barwell and Burbage. It also neighbours the District of Blaby, and many of Blaby's villages look to Hinckley for employment, recreation and shopping facilities.
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