10 things Leicester is famous for other than being Premier League champions


1. Sue Townsend's Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole.

The author based the angst-riddled teenage diarist in her home city.

Meanwhile Townsend's name now adorns a theatre used by Leicester College, previously known as the Phoenix Arts Centre. Townsend, who passed away in 2014, began her literary career as the writer-in-residence at the Phoenix.

2. The Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick, was from the city.

Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man
Joseph Merrick (PA)

Merrick struggled to gain employment because of his disabilities and as a last resort took a sideshow job as The Elephant Man.

3. 'Extreme Ironing' was founded in Leicester by Phil Shaw in the 1990s.

Phil 'Steam' Shaw on the right
Phil Shaw is seen on the right (Johnny Green/PA)

Shaw's book, from 2003, documents the rise of the adrenalin sport from its origins in Leicester in 1997 to the first Extreme Ironing World Championships in Munich in 2002. In 2015, the Guardian reported that Shaw was to return to the sport after an 11-year hiatus.

4. The remains of King Richard III were found under a Leicester car park in 2012.

A hunch paid off for a team of archaeologists and researchers who found the regal remains pretty much as soon as they started digging.

5. Walkers crisps are from Leicester - though the founder Harry Walker, was a butcher by trade.

Post-war meat rationing led Walker to start making crisps in 1948 as a way to stretch the meaty flavours. Now, the Leicester factory is one of the biggest crisp production sites in the world.

Meanwhile, the face of Walkers' advertising campaigns is former Leicester and England footballer, now Match Of The Day host, Gary Lineker. He too was born in Leicester.

6. The city's better known in sporting circles for its rugby team.

Leicester Tigers' Manu Tuilagi
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Leicester's fairytale footballers still play second fiddle to their rugby rivals - Leicester Tigers. Their Welford Road ground isn't that far from Leicester's King Power Stadium - and was only a stone's throw away from the club's old Filbert Street ground.

7. Leicester is home to rock band Kasabian.

The band is planning a gig at the King Power Stadium in May - a great way for Leicester fans to celebrate the league win. Kasabian's song Underdog has also been played every time Leicester score in home games. With odds of the club winning the league at 5000/1 at the beginning of the season, this is a true underdog story.

Other musicians who hail from the city include Engelbert Humperdinck, rapper Mark Morrison and band Showaddywaddy. 2013 X Factor winner Sam Bailey is also from the city and is a Foxes fan.

8. The Attenborough family have close links with the University of Leicester.

Brothers Sir David and Lord Richard Attenborough
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Sir David moved on to campus at the age of five with his family - including his actor and brother Richard - when their father Frederick was appointed principal of what was then called University College. Their old family home is now part of the maths department while one of the tallest buildings is called the Attenborough Tower.

The brothers received the university's highest honour in 2006 - Honorary Distinguished Fellows.

9. Award-winning writer Julian Barnes.

Author Julian Barnes
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Writer Julian Barnes was born in Leicester in 1946. He won the 2011 Man Booker Prize with his novel The Sense Of An Ending.

10. Travel company Thomas Cook was founded in Leicester in 1841.

A statue of Thomas Cook, the founder of the travel firm which bears his name, stands outside Leicester station. In 1841, he organised the world's first package tour from Leicester to the glamorous location of Loughborough. About 500 people made that first trip.