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Did you know that Wallís Ice Cream factory in Gloucester is the largest in Europe? It was built in 1959, and expanded hugely in 1981 when Unilever closed a plant in Acton and consolidated production in Gloucester. Wallís was originally a meat company, which began making ices in 1922 to avoid laying off workers when demand for its sausages dropped in summer.

Did you know that the Crecy Window in Gloucester Cathedral is the largest stained-glass window in Britain? It measures roughly 24m x 12m and commemorates the participation of local knights in the victory at Crecy .

Did you know that John Stafford-Smith, who wrote the music to the US National Anthem "Star Spangled BannerĒ, is buried in Gloucester Cathedral ? His father was organist there, and John Stafford-Smith studied at the cathedral school. The tune was briefly used as the national anthem of Luxembourg well before the USA adopted it officially in 1931.

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Famous Gloucester people:

Alastair Cook
Albert Mansbridge
Beatrice Webb
Charles Wheatstone
George Whitefield
Ivor Gurney
John Stafford Smith
John Taylor
Robert Raikes
Simon Pegg
W E Henley

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I hate people who think it's clever to take drugs... like custom officers - Jack Dee
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On this day:
Battle of Stamford Bridge - 1066, First Recorded Cuppa (and Tea Break) - 1660, First Human Blood Transfusion - 1818
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