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Its a love/hate relationship
Wrexham in General
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Wrexham in General
Advantages: decent variety of shops, lots to do.
Disadvantages: There are a lot of no-go areas, some of the people are a bit dodgy.
I was born in Wrexham and have lived around 20 minutes drive away all my life. Up to 2008, Wrexham to me was where I went to hospital if there was anything wrong with me or another member of the family and an exciting shopping destination. We used to take the train right into the centre of town which was very exciting for us kids. Then 2008 came along and I enrolled into Yale College which is situated close to the town centre and since, I've learned the streets like the back of my hand and I know a fair amount that goes on there.
Wrexham is famous for its lager which used to be brewed in the centre of the town and employed a lot of people, unfortunately, it was closed down years ago. The area is also renowned for the huge mines that started in Gresford and put Wrexham on the map after a huge mining disaster. My Great Grandad owned Farmland in Wrexham and escape shafts for the mines came up onto his land and he had miners crawling out of them. Needless to say, the mines got shut down. Now the majority of the working folk of Wrexham are employed by kelloggs who have a factory in one of the many industrial parks in and around Wrexham.
There is as I mentioned; a huge hospital with an emergency department. I was born there and have lots of good experiences with their services, the staff are mostly excellent. There are plenty of bus services that take you close to the Accident and Emergency Department. The town has a respected college and a University that does have a reputation for letting anyone in.
The shopping is really not bad in Wrexham, there are a lot of high street stores mixed in with small businesses along with lots of pound shops where the cave people of Wrexham (don't get me wrong, not all wrexham folk are bad!) gather. There are also four supermarkets which are Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys and Aldi with a morrisons planned to be built by the end of 2011.
There are lots of things to do in Wrexham if you don't want to go shopping, there are lots of little green spaces to chill out in when the weather is nice and the is a big park near Island Green (one of the shopping complexes) that is huge, it has basketball and tennis courts, a huge area for football, swings and play areas for the kids. It has long winding paths, trees and benches. I think for a lot of Wrexham people it is a nice place to get away for a while.
At night, there are lots of places to go including the cinema, a bowling alley, plenty of well known restaurants, night clubs and bars. Wrexham is a good place to go in the evening as long as you don't hang around the streets for too long, there are a lot of gobby little chavs that with threaten you for looking at them.
All in all, Wrexham has all the facilities to be a good town but there are a lot of people who let the town down drastically. I certainly wouldn't let young teens go there shopping by themselves. I've seen a lot of them on the train and Wrexham just isn't the safest of places for people of that age. However, it is a nice town to go for a shop and a bite to eat or a trip bowling or to watch a film.
Summary: if you can ignore the people, its a lovely place!
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