Warrington is home to two colleges: Priestley Sixth Form and Community College and Warrington Collegiate. A University Technical College is under construction close to Winwick Street sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University and is due to open in September 2016.[24][25] Most of the high schools have their own post-16 provision (sixth-form).

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The Borough of Warrington contains 18 Parish councils as well as a central unparished area (see list of Civil Parishes below).

The first MMR vaccine to be administered in the UK was given by Dr Benjamin Paterson at Warrington General Hospital in 1971.[citation needed]

Age: At least 1,600 (there was a Roman settlement called Wilderspool on the site of modern Warrington).

CALLING all young music maestros – the Mayor of Warrington is searching for the musical stars of the future.

THE ongoing issue with illegal traveller encampments setting up at various locations across Warrington seems to be going from bad to worse.

There are lots of terrific listed buildings in Warrington, too, aren’t there?

The Omega Development Site close to the M62 on the northern edge of Warrington is a major business park to be developed in stages over the next 30 years. The site for this is the 575 acres (2.33 km2) of space on the former Burtonwood Airbase.

A number of rock and pop musicians are associated with Warrington, including Tim Bowness of No-Man (who was born and brought up in the town) and the band Viola Beach (whose single "Swings & Waterslides" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 11, and who were formed in Warrington).

A number of festivals, carnivals and walking days are held annually in the Warrington area. Warrington Walking Day – originally a Sunday school festival – is held on the closest Friday to the last day of June, and the town centre is closed to traffic as churches walk together through the streets.[20]

The most multicultural parts of Warrington are in the town centre, as well as the western and north western suburbs, such as Bewsey and Westbrook. In 2011, the town was 92.9% White British, 2.3% other White, 2.4% Asian and 0.3% Black.

The River Mersey runs through the heart of the town dividing it in two. There are only two main thoroughfares crossing the Mersey in Warrington: at Warrington Bridge at Bridge Foot and at the Kingsway Bridge. Before the M6 was built, these routes were very busy with through traffic.

At Westminster, Warrington is represented by two MPs. Helen Jones (Labour) represents Warrington North, and David Mowat (Conservative) represents Warrington South.

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A MAN aged 29 and a 32-year-old woman from Warrington were appearing in court today charged in connection with a series of burglaries across the borough.

Appleton Thorn, Bewsey, Blackbrook, Bruche, Callands, Chapelford, Cinnamon Brow, Cobbs, Dallam, Fairfield, Gemini, Gorse Covert, Grange, Hermitage Green, Hollins Green, Hood Manor, Howley, Hulme, Kenyon, Latchford, Locking Stumps, Old Hall, Omega, Longford, Orford, Risley, Sankey Bridges, Westbrook, Westy, Whitecross, Wilderspool, Wright's Green

After the May 2016 election the political makeup of the borough council was as follows: 45 Labour councillors, 11 Liberal Democat, 2 Conservative.[10]

Football is represented by Warrington Town at Cantilever Park, next to the Manchester Ship Canal. The club has several nicknames including Town, Yellows and The Wire. Warrington Town are currently in the Northern Premier League Premier Division following promotion in 2016.

Community radio station Radio Warrington broadcasts from a studio in Warrington Retail Market.[30] They hold an AM licence and have received planning permission for a transmitter, however, their broadcasts are currently only available online. Independent Local Radio station Wire FM, now based in Orrell, also serves the Warrington area.

A heritage centre for the village of Lymm was given planning permission in February 2016.[19]

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At the 2011 census, Warrington had a total population of 202,200, of which 49.6% are male and 50.4% are female.[12] The average age of the population is 38.06 years, which is slightly below the regional and national averages.

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Do say: “Warrington – it’s like Paris, only less up itself.”

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Warrington was designated a new town in 1968 and consequently the town grew in size, with the Birchwood area being developed on the former ROF Risley site.[8] Heavy industry declined in the 1970s and 1980s but the growth of the new town led to a great increase in employment in light industry, distribution and technology.

A FREE taster week at electrical training company Trade Skills 4U’s centre in Birchwood is being held from October 10.

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KIDS Planet Lymm raised over £500 for STEPS charity at their summer fair and open day.

GRADUATES looking to break into the jobs market in Warrington are being offered a helping hand.

Warrington was founded by the Romans at an important crossing place on the River Mersey. A new settlement was established by the Saxons. By the Middle Ages, Warrington had emerged as a market town at the lowest bridging point of the river. A local tradition of textile and tool production dates from this time.

Other planned developments in Warrington have been delayed by the economic climate, but the Borough Council has engaged developers to redevelop the Time Square and Market area of the town centre.

The town lies close to the M62, M6 and M56 motorways and midway between Liverpool and Manchester airports. It also has four Primary A roads, A49, A50, A56 and A57. The A580 (East Lancashire Road) forms part of the northern boundary of the borough.

Fabulous. Can’t wait to go to that jewel of Cheshire for my next minibreak. Steady on. According to the Royal Society of Arts, it’s the worst town for culture in Britain. It came 325th in the list, compiled by adding up cultural assets such as listed buildings, museums, archaeological finds and concerts.

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Again, unlikely. The RSA probably wasn’t aware that the Odeon cinema has just vowed to stay in town even after 2019 when the new 2,500-seater Cineworld complex, with Imax cinema, is due to open.

GRAPPENHALL won their last match of the season comfortably – but the 25 points haul was not enough to make them champions of the Vivio Cheshire County League division one.