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Darlington, commonly known as Darlo, is a small town in the North East of England. It is situated on the banks of the picturesque River Skerne which is famed for the healing properties of its waters.
edit Recent history
Darlington has recently suffered at the hands of overpaid town planners and architects who bulldozed the historic heart of Darlington and replaced it with a trendy development named the Gob of Darlington.
There are several theories as to how the town came to be known as Darlington, one being that it was named in honour of the H.E. Bates 1959 novel, The Darling Buds of May.
Darlington has a thriving tourist economy, visitors come from all over Europe to bathe in the healing waters of the River Skerne and to marvel at the beauty of the nearby nature reserves of Skerne Park and Firth Moor.
edit Public transport
It is rumoured that the first public railway began serving Darlington in 1825, but since this was 144 years before the foundation of the town it is clear that only unreliable sources such as Wikipedia could be taken in by such blatant and egregious lies. The origins of the rumour seem to stem from childish and unrealistic boasts made to make the town look better than Hartlepool.
In the early 1990s after the deregulation of the buses the population of Darlington suffered huge casualties in the "Bus wars". At least 30,000 people were killed as privatised bus companies employed mercenary armies to carry out terrorist attacks against rival services. Eventually the buses became so heavy with armour plating that they became uneconomical to run and the bus companies abandoned Darlington, leaving the locals to rely on the River Skerne gondola service to get about.
edit Amenities and attractions
In recent years civic pride has risen in Darlington, as each and every inhabitant now has a seat at the 25,500 capacity Reynolds Arena where they can watch top quality football, although less than 0.01% of the population currently seem to be able to afford the £5.00 annual season ticket. Another source of civic pride is a massive pile of bricks near the A66.
Other local attractions include the Scotch Corner and Barton lorry park UNESCO World Heritage sites and the Darlington Museum of the Mechanical Horse.
Darlington is home to Darlington F.C. which one of the most successful clubs in the history of English football. Darlington F.C. have won many honours including seven consecutive Reynolds awards for playing in the most pointlessly oversized stadium.
The Reynolds Arena record attendance of 41 (including players, substitutes, managers, referee, linesmen and stewards) was set in 2009.
edit Local rivalry
Darlington has a long standing rivalry with Hartlepool, it has been suggested that this rivalry stems from jealously at the superior amenities available to the people of Hartlepool such as their town centre nuclear reactor and their world famous monkey sanctuary.
It is often claimed that Hartlepudlians are jealous of Darlington's history of developing pioneering inventions such as the mechanical horse and the fully automatic shop. Hartlepudlians have been known to sabotage Darlington's automatic shop by depositing items such as half eaten kebabs, vomit and urine in the dispensing tray.
In mid 1998, residents of Darlington sparked a new, fierce and seemingly inexplicable rivalry with the Welsh coastal town of Milford Haven. The rivalry was quickly dropped when an educated scholar from Ripon, passing by, stopped at a local hostelry and pointed out to several locals that the entire population of Wales had no idea where Darlington was.
The current mayor of Darlington is Lord Vic Reeves who rescued Darlington from the evil tyranny of Roy "Chubby" Brown, who was installed as Overlord of Darlington by bus company Ragecoach during the Bus wars.
edit Trade and Industry
Darlington is Europe's largest producer of huge chavvy earrings, amphetamines and inca hats. The town has an exceptionally low unemployment rate for the North East of only 85%.
Darlingtonians are famously workshy, this is best illustrated by the late completion of the 60163 A1 Peppercorn Class 60163 "Tornado" steam locomotive in 2008. It eventually steamed out of its Darlington workshop 59 years after the A1 was officially discontinued, 48 years after the last steamtrain was produced elsewhere in the UK and 40 years after steam trains were phased out completely by British Rail. Due to the closure of the rest of the British train building industry since the 1960s Tornado is currently the newest train to have been built in the UK, yet another source of civic pride for Darlington.
The UK government once bribed Fushitsu hundreds of millions of pounds to set up a factory near Darlington, but Fushitsu executives found it difficult learning how to speak Scally, they appointed Jeremy Kyle as an interpreter, but the enterprise failed due to the workshy nature of the locals and Fushitsu's desire to do a runner back to Japan with all the bribe money.
The Darlington Stock Market is affectionately known as Hogans and is situated near the railway station.