Didn't get lost. Didn't get mugged. Didn't get wet. Got most of the things I went for.
Four things you probably didn't know about Stratford:
- The name "Stratford" derives from the Old English word for "street" combined with "ford" (a river crossing).
- Stratford City is a multi-billion pound scheme to regenerate the 73-hectare brownfield railway lands to the north of the town centre. There will be a vast shopping centre similar in size to Bluewater, for which John Lewis, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer have already committed to provide anchor stores.
- The promotional film for the Beatles' 'Penny Lane' single was filmed in and around Angel Lane, Stratford.
- Labour Party politician Tony Banks is from Stratford.