30 reasons to be proud of Milton Keynes

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Your Citizen Newspaper has just turned 30 years old.

In the second of a two-part feature, Sammy Jones looks at some more reasons to be proud of Milton Keynes...

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Green Spaces

Forever seen as the concrete jungle, Milton Keynes is actually one of the greenest places around –20 per cent of the new city area is parkland, and we boast 20 million trees.

The Parks Trust still plants an average of 100 trees a day.

Open University

The Open University launched in 1969, and since then has helped more than 1.6 million people reach their goals through study.

There are more than 250,000 students and 7000 tutors.

That’s a lot of learning.

The Stables

Founded by the late Sir John Dankworth and his wife Dame Cleo Laine, The Stables is one of the most renowned venues nationwide – Music Week have placed the Wavendon haunt at number 6 in the top 100 venues countrywide.

Marshall Amplification

A truly iconic brand, Marshall Amplification moved their HQ into Bletchley in the 1960s and have called the town home ever since.

Marshall Amplification IS rock n roll, with famous ambassadors over the years including Jimi Hendrix, Slash and Pete Townsend.

The Hub

A new phase in new city living, the area is also a hub for eateries.

Let your palate be catered for at one of the many tempting establishments on site.

Church of Christ the Cornerstone

It was the first ecumenical city- centre church in the United Kingdom.

The Baptist Union, Church of England, Methodist, Roman Catholic and United Reformed Churches are covenanted together.

Red Bull Racing

Two time world champions who also rank as a big employer in the area. They look set to rule Formula One for the forseeable future, spreading the good name of Milton Keynes far and wide.

Peace Pagoda

Built by the Nipponzan Myohoji monks and nuns, as its name suggests it is dedicated entirely to peace, as opposed to the many memorials that commemorate wars.

Sculptures

There are sculptures all over MK, from the bronze couple sitting outside the Central Library (titled The Whisper by Andre Wallace) to the Black Horse by Elizabeth Frink in the centre of town.

Some of our most famous though, are dinosaurs.

The late artist Bill Billings is responsible for the jurassic figures in the area.

Daytona

One of the top karting facilities in the country, it is a popular draw with kids of all ages.

Some might say it is wheel-y great...

Willen Hospice

The Hospice needs to raise in excess of £3 million annually to be able to function.

Thanks to its staff, fundraisers and supporters, the specialist care unit is able to give support at the most difficult of times.

In 2011, the hospice also celebrates its 30th anniversary.

History

Yes we are a new city, but Milton Keynes does have a heck of a lot of history – a visit to Milton Keynes Museum is well worth a look if you want to find out about our rich, colourful past.

Human settlement began here around 2000BC.

Fireworks

All eyes look skywards every November, when Milton Keynes hosts one of the biggest firework spectaculars for miles around.

Keith Emmett & Sons deliver the illumination that sets us apart from the pack.

Festivals

MK is a creative place, and one where the arts and music flourish.

In the summer months, festivals and outdoor parties are plentiful – from Parklife to the newly established Summer Fayre Festival and the Great Linford Waterside.

And now we have a new one to add to the list – the IF Festival.

Bradwell Abbey

St Mary’s Chapel at Bradwell Abbey was built for pilgrims and is the only place you can see medieval wall paintings of pilgrims in the whole country.