For those of you that have not spent much time up North, Rochdale is a very typical place.

Population of 95,796, unemployment of around 6% (according to the Rochdale Observer, the rate soared from 7505 to 7657 in August 2009), situated near Manchester but with none of Manchester’s style.

The football team was finally promoted from the bottom division this year, having spent about 35 seasons in it with no promotion or relegation to talk of – some football fans affectionately call League 2 “The Rochdale Division”.

John Peel used to live there for a while.

And now, Gordon Brown hopefully has had his final nail pinned to his politican coffin in this endearing little town.

See – good things do come from up North!

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