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Where? 'Middlesbrough offers an exciting choice of activities for daytrippers or short breaks. Fast gaining a reputation for innovation, it is witnessing a retail explosion with a myriad of designer shopping and fashionable boutiques.'

­ Middlesbrough Council

What about longer visits? 'A major retail and commercial centre ­ and a university town. Our roots are in heavy engineering and chemicals and we still enjoy a worldwide reputation in niche engineering markets. There's plenty of room to grow business in Middlesbrough ­ small and medium enterprises, new design and media businesses,

e-business and e-commerce.'

­ Middlesbrough Council again

Work? Middlesbrough PCT covers 196,000 people and oversees 29 practices and 117 GPs.

Homes? Offers over £300,000 for a six-bedroomed house in a 'prestigious' area of the town.

Schools? St Mary's College is the best locally for A-level results.

Leisure? All the facilities you would expect from a large town with theatres, art galleries and museums, pubs. Other attractions include the multi-million-pound Riverside Stadium, home to the town's premiership football club, and International Standard Tees Barrage on the River Tees, which offers kayaking, canoeing and Britain's largest white water course.

From the local press:

Sixty-six-year-old barrister Arthur Puckrin came fifth in the Triple Ironman World Cup in Virginia, and comfortably won the over-50 category. ­ July 4

Famous residents: Football manager Brian Clough and TV magician Paul Daniels.

Anything else? Mydilsburgh is the earliest recorded form of the town's name. 'Burgh' is an ancient settlement, while 'Mydil' could be a reference to Middlesbrough's location halfway between Durham and Whitby.

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