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      19.10.2009 17:56
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      Its not that bad a place, its getting better and lots more to do now.

      mmmmmmmm where to start.
      In recent years St. Helens has got a bit better. The town centre has got more shops and there are retail parks in walking distance from the city centre. With more shops or bigger versions.
      Regarding Supermarkets, we have an asda and tesco in the centre, 2morrisons, lidl, aldi and iceland.
      We do not yet have a Primark which i hope we get one soon. Other womens shopw include dp's, next, topshop, wallis, miss selfridge, river island, peacocks, tk maxx, evans.
      Mens shops: Burtons, next, river island, george, peacocks and designer ones like' Gas stop, Duffer, OD's.
      We have local butchers and fruit and veg shops.
      Discount shope like home bargains, ASAP, poundland and poundworld.

      There are plenty of places to go and eat, cheap places such as Weatherspoons and cafes in and around the city centre, fast food places, like mcdonalds, burger king, kfc and pizza hut, there is a variety of indians, chinese's and kebab houses and also nice restraunts such as the Limassol; a Greek restraunt with reasonble prices, Le frog and a tapas place called La Casa Vieja.

      In the last few months a Quazar has opened, i have not been, but want to and know people who have, the prices seem reasonable and people i know who have visited had a good time. We have a cinema which has about 12 screens, with arcade games just inside. They do bargain tuesdays which is a discounted price, orange wednesdays and also have old films or different films suitable for children on saturdays, its right next door to pizza hut so good for kids birthdays etc. The car park is quite small and on sat, tue and wed its generally full. Recently the parking wardens have gone very strict in st.helens which has caused people alot of problems and had reached the local newspaper, and the cinema is one of the places targeted. Tesco is over the road so you can park on there and there is also a multistory just behind that.

      There are loooooooaaaads of bars starting from the walk into the centre. The ones on the outscirts tend to be a bit cheaper and for older people, the ones in the town centre, mainly westfield street are younger people, but older people do not look out of place.

      We also have a rugby league team that are in the Super League. The ground is in walking distance from the city centre but you can get busses.

      We have a central train station and then two more in the Sutton area.

      There is plenty of buses and a main depot in the town centre.

      We have a theatre called the theatre royal which is over the road from bus and train station.

      We have a walk in centre which i do not think is 24 hours.

      There are dance classes, gyms, yoga, aerobics, swimming baths.

      We now have The Dream which in my opinion is a bit naff, mainly becasue of the surrounding area. You cant see it properly cos of trees, me and my friends walked up one sunny sunday and the path up to it is not vey nice theres not a proper path is all stones and rubbel. The day we went there was also kids riding round on mopeds illegally and getting chased by the police. There is a few boards explaining the concept behind the dream but it could definatly be presented better.

      Like all towns it has its rough areas and its nice areas, if you happen to go to town through the day its generally full off chavs and druggies, with the odd sain person.

      We have a few parks which have playgrounds for children, Queenspark, Taylor park, Victoria park and Sherdley.
      Sherdley usually has fire work diaplay arounf bonfire night and has a show with fairground and stalls, but can be full off gypsys and fighting.


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