Leicester was first...

First BBC local radio station. Launched on 8 November 1967 with the first local radio jingle.
First Space Shuttle Simulator outside USA which is at the National Space and Science Centre
First automatic multi-storey car park in Europe which included the largest supermarket in the UK at the time which was a Tesco
First Tesco outside of London
First European Environment City
First traffic roundabout in the UK
First criminal conviction using Genetic Fingerprint as evidence
First place to have traffic wardens
First city in the UK to have traffic lights and is supposed to have more traffic lights than any other UK city
First Halfords store opened in the city
 

John Ponting

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and what are Leicester's PLUS points?
 
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Oh god, don't set hilldodger off....

First Space Centre in the world to look like an inflated giant ribbed condom...
 

Hilldodger

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The first newspaper to be delivered by aeroplane was the Leicester Mercury when in 1910 French pilot Gustav Hammel used his Bleriot to take special editions to Lougborough.
 

Hilldodger

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The world's first ever package trip was organised by Leicester's Thomas Cook when he booked a steam train to take passengers for lunch in Loughborough and then home again in the afternoon.
 

Hilldodger

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The world's second commercial railway was built from Swannington to Leicester. Opened in 1831, it was built to bring coal and bricks to the town and allow it's rapid expansion and vast wealth . In late Victorian/early Edwardian times Leicester was said to be the richest town in Europe.
 

Hilldodger

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The very first steam whistle for a railway engine was made in Leicester after an accident at a crossing on the Leicester - Swannington line between a train and a farmers cart.
 
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