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Did you know that Romford once staged Cheetah racing? Or at least tried to. In 1937 animals were imported from Kenya, with plans for events to take place up and down the country (as at Romford in greyhound stadia). The scheme failed for several reasons, not least concerns about the dangers posed by such beasts; and the fact that they weren’t fooled into the chase by a rag and stick flying past them.

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Francis Quarles
Frank Lampard
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Richard Madeley
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I felt my mother about the place. I don't think she haunts me, but I wouldn't put it past her. - Julie Walters
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Magna Carta Signed - 1215, The Peasants' Revolt ends - 1381, First Botanic Garden in Britain - 1621, Alcock and Brown complete 1st non stop flight across the Atlantic - 1919
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