Rebirth of Corby since book on worst towns

Divers in action at Corby's Olympic swimming pool during the Queen's visit last week
Divers in action at Corby's Olympic swimming pool during the Queen's visit last week

Times have changed since Corby was listed in the top 10 of a league table of the 50 worst places to live in Britain.

Back in 2004, Crap Towns II, edited by The Idler magazine’s Sam Jordison and Dan Kieron, listed the town worse than Middlesbrough at number 10 but better than Glasgow and Edinburgh, Windsor, Bath and Luton which came top of the list.

The authors are compiling a 10th anniversary volume of the first edition of the book which was published in 2003.

Since 2004 when Corby appeared in the book, the town has changed thanks to several successful regeneration projects.

And last week a visit by the Queen to Corby, as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK, highlighted the progress that’s been made.

The royal visitor was shown round Corby’s Olympic swimming pool and the iconic Cube which houses The Core theatre and a new library.

In addition the town boasts the new £38m Tresham Institute in Oakley Road and work is to start soon on a six-screen cinema and restaurants in George Street.

Willow Place is a popular destination for shoppers from around the county and work has started on a new Tesco store off St Mark’s Road.

Deputy leader of Corby Council Mark Pengelly said: “People can see how much the town has changed since 2004, with better shopping and leisure facilities and, after the visit by the Queen last week, I think we can all agree we have a town to be proud of.”

Vera Elms of Lodge Green Road, Corby, moved from London to Northampton and then to Corby in the late 1970s.

She said: “The people are friendly, there are great shops here and the theatre and swimming pool are fantastic facilities for the community.

“I love living in Corby and I wouldn’t move.”

The new Crap Towns book is expected to be published at Christmas and the authors are gathering nominations.

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