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At the heart of general practice since 1960

Solving financial problems

Where? 'Reading's reputation as a vibrant and thriving centre has grown through

strong partnerships with local businesses

and the voluntary sector. Together we

have made Reading a place where the economy is buoyant and our facilities

excellent and full of variety.'

­ Reading borough council

Anything else? Well, according to Sir John Betjeman 'Few towns are less prepossessing at first glance than Reading...but few towns better repay exploration'. Reading has been successful in pushing forward town-centre developments, from shopping centres to housing, for the last few years.

Work? There are currently about 114 GPs working in 31 practices under Reading PCT.

Leisure? While Reading is most famous for its summer rock festival and WOMAD, Reading council is concentrating on adding to town-centre attractions, building on the reputation of the Hexagon Theatre, South Street theatre and Reading's concert hall.

Schools? There are seven independent schools in Reading to choose from with the selective Abbey Girls school achieving 100% A*-C grades at GCSE.

Homes? A Swedish-designed four-bedroom detached house with mature south-facing garden and a mile from Reading's town centre will set you back £465,000.

Famous residents: Titanic Kate Winslet, Uri Geller, Chris Tarrant, Ayrton Senna, Lenny Henry and Dawn French, Ricky Gervais. Oscar Wilde did porridge there.

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