Darlington is an industrial town in the north-east of England. In 2003 it had a resident population of 98,210.
It lies within the traditional and ceremonial area of County Durham but on 1 April 1997 become a unitary authority with the name Darlington Borough Council, and so is not governed by Durham, but it does share police and fire services with its former county.
Darlington has an attractive historic market area in the town centre and St Cuthbert is one of the most important and impressive Early English churches in the north of England.
Darlington is famed for its associations with the birth of railways.
The world's first-ever passenger rail journey was between Shildon (via Darlington) and nearby Stockton-on-Tees on the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825.
It became the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway with an important locomotive works.
David Mach's 'Train', a life-size brick sculpture of a steaming locomotive is located alongside the A66, close to the original Stockton-Darlington railway.
Darlington Dog Show has been a Championship event since 1969, and is ranked second only to Crufts.
The town is also the home of Darlington F.C.
On 14th July 2005 following the 7 July 2005 London bombings, areas of Darlington town centre were closed while controlled explosions were carried out.
The first incident was reported around 1745 BST, when a rucksack was seen in a phone box in Northgate, which led to evacuations of nearby shops and offices.
Three controlled explosions were carried by a unit from Catterick Garrison, but Durham police said the bag only contained clothing and personal items.
At around the same time staff from a nearby fire station spotted two men acting suspiciously around bins in a car park.
Firemen went to investigate and heard beeping sounds coming from one of the containers.
Police immediately sealed off nearby roads causing Darlington town centre to be brought to a standstill.
For a more information about Darlington see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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