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Derby

Founded  1992
CEO  John Coyne
Arena/Stadium  Pride Park Stadium
Manager  Steve McClaren
Area  78.03 km2
Region  East Midlands
Population  23,047 (2013)

Derby ( DAR-bi) is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands region of England. It lies upon the banks of the River Derwent and is located in the south of the county of Derbyshire, of which it is traditionally the county town. In the 2011 census, the city had a population of 248,700 and 1,543,000 in the wider metro area.

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As home to Lombes Mill, the first factory in the world, Derby is considered a birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. With the arrival of the railways in the 19th century, and due to its strategic central location, the city grew to become a foremost centre of the British rail industry.

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Today, Derby is an internationally renowned centre for advanced transport manufacturing, home to the world’s second largest aero-engine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, and Derby Litchurch Lane Works—the UKs only remaining train manufacturer. The Toyota Manufacturing UKs automobile headquarters is found just South of the city at Burnaston.

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History

Derby in the past, History of Derby

The Roman camp of Derventio was probably at Little Chester/Chester Green (grid reference SK353375); The site of the old Roman fort is at Chester Green. Later the town was one of the Five Boroughs (fortified towns) of the Danelaw.

Derby in the past, History of Derby

Djúra-bý, recorded in Anglo-Saxon as Deoraby "Village of the Deer". This popular belief is asserted by Tim Lambert who states, "The name Derby is derived from the Danish words deor by meaning deer settlement" without reference or proof.

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However the origin of the name "Derby" would seem to be elusive, some assert that it is a corruption of the original Roman name Derventio. The name could be linked with the river which flows through it, the Derwent, in that it could be a shortened version of Derwent by, meaning "Derwent settlement". The name "Derwent" is Celtic and means "a valley thick with oaks".

The town name appears, nevertheless, as Darby or Darbye on early modern maps, such as that of Speed (1610).

Modern research (2004) into the history and archaeology of Derby has provided evidence that the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons probably co-existed, occupying two areas of land surrounded by water. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (c. 900) says that "Derby is divided by water". These areas of land were known as Norþworþig ("Northworthy", = "north enclosure") and Deoraby, and were at the "Irongate" (north) side of Derby.

Geography

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Derby is split into 17 wards.

Culture, entertainment and sport

Derby Culture of Derby

The annual open-air concert at Darley Park is one of the biggest free concerts of its kind. It is one of many performances given throughout the year by Sinfonia ViVA, a professional chamber orchestra based in Derby. The Derby Jazz group caters for the jazz interest in the city and is regarded as one of the UKs leading live jazz organisations.

Derby Culture of Derby

In rock music, the blues singer-songwriter Kevin Coyne came from Derby, as does the three piece rock band LostAlone, who are signed to Warner Brothers Records, and indie/glam rock band The Struts, who are signed to Virgin EMI and have previously toured with McFly and The Rolling Stones. The ska punk band Lightyear also hail from the city, naming their second album Chris Gentlemens Hairdresser and Railway Book Shop after a shop in Macklin Street.

The pop band White Town is from Derby, and their video "Your Woman" features many scenes from the city centre.

One of Derbys most successful bands is Anti-Pasti, whose debut 1981 album The Last Call reached the top 40 in the UK album charts. The band reformed in 2012 and again with altered line up in 2014.

A full-scale programme of orchestral and other concerts is presented at the Assembly Rooms. A thriving amateur classical music scene includes two choral societies, Derby Bach Choir and Derby Choral Union, smaller choirs, including the Derwent Singers and Sitwell Singers, and Derby Concert Orchestra. Derby Chamber Music presents an annual series of chamber music concerts at Derby Universitys Multifaith Centre. A series of organ recitals is presented every summer at Derby Cathedral, featuring leading international performers.

An active folk-music scene includes the annual Derby Folk Festival.

Music venues in the city include the Assembly Rooms, The Venue on Abbey Street, Ryans Bar in the St Peters Quarter and The Victoria Inn.

The VoiceBox, a converted former industrial building near the centre of Derby, is a performance, teaching and rehearsal venue concerned with a wide range of vocal and choral music.

Derby cuisine

Derby Cuisine of Derby, Popular Food of Derby

The cuisine of Kentucky mostly resembles that of traditional Southern cuisine. Some common dinner dishes are fried catfish and hushpuppies, fried chicken and country fried steak. These are usually served with vegetables such as green beans, greens, pinto beans (or "soup beans") slowed cooked with pork as seasoning and served with cornbread. Some other popular items would include fried green tomatoes, cheese grits, corn pudding, fried okra, and chicken and dumplins, which can be found across the commonwealth. In addition to this, Kentucky is known for its own regional style of barbecue. This style of barbecue is unique in itself given that it uses mutton, and is a style of Southern barbecue unique to Kentucky. Although Kentuckys cuisine is generally very similar to that of traditional Southern cuisine, it does differ with some unique dishes, especially in Louisville where the Hot Brown and Derby pie originated, although Derby pie is somewhat similar to pecan pie which is standard among traditional Southern cuisine.

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In northwestern parts of Kentucky burgoo is a favorite, while in southwestern parts of the state regular chili con carne is typical staple. In northern Kentucky plus a lesser amount in Louisville and Lexington Cincinnati chili is a popular fast food. That region and the Louisville area also are both home to a pronounced German-American population, translating into northern-like preferences for beer and European sausages. However, the remainder of the states cuisine tends to be thoroughly Southern, preferring breakfast meats like country ham, ground pork sausage and as their beverage of choice, the states renowned bourbon whiskey. Some common desserts would be chess pie, pecan pie, blackberry cobbler and bread pudding.

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