Well, it's not the most flattering portrait of the town we love, but this article about the prospects for property buying in Darlington from Friday's Times gives a real sense as to how Labour's drive to bring Darlington into the 21st century is impressing people well beyond our borders.
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But at last Darlington is dragging itself out of the dumps. The main street, once a good place to get yourself run over, will soon have been pedestrianised at a cost of £6.5 million. Its spectacular hanging baskets must be the biggest in the North. A new £90 million shopping mall is being built and a vast and shining further education college is already open. Another £3.9 million has gone on restoring South Park with its Victorian fountain and band-stand. It is hoped that new business parks will bring 2,600 jobs. Even the Dragons’ Denstar Duncan Bannatyne, a North East self-made millionaire, has opened a new hotel and restaurant in town.