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Did you know that Southampton is the home of the Spitfire Aircraft? It was devised by R.J. Mitchell, built and tested here and saved the country during the Battle of Britain . The prototype first flew from Eastleigh on March 5 1936 . More than 22,500 were built before and during WWII . When the government saw its capabilities 310 were ordered – a change of scale for Supermarine whose previous biggest order had been for 12 machines.

Did you know that Southampton was the first town in Britain to sample fish fingers in 1955? The cod strips in breadcrumbs were of course developed and made in Great Yarmouth .

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Famous Southampton people:

Allen Jones
Benny Hill
Charlie Dimmock
Craig David
Dani King
Edward Abraham
Frederick Bridell
George Saintsbury
Howard Jones
Iain Percy
James Foad
John Everett Millais
John Jellicoe
John Stonehouse
Ken Russell
Wayne Bridge

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Brit Quote:
Endurance is patience concentrated. - Thomas Carlyle
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Duke of Clarence Drowned in a Butt of Malmsey Wine - 1478, Pilgrim’s Progress Published - 1678, Churchill’s Maiden Speech - 1901, Antiques Roadshow 1st Broadcast - 1979, Fox Hunting Banned in the UK - 2005
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