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With a population of just under 59,000, the City lends its name to the world famous Hereford Bull, being a breed of cattle readily identifiable worldwide by its distinctive white face and large light brown body.
Hereford is now the home of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) The nearby Black Mountains which incorporate the Brecon Beacons National Park would be where this elite force might periodically carry out exercises. Cider makers Bulmers (Strongbow) and Westons are also located in the county.
The Cathedral School. Most OHs will know that HCS is one of the oldest schools in the country. There is evidence that it was initially a song school in Anglo-Saxon times but records show that Bishop Gilbert had firmly established it as a grammar school by the end of the 14th Century.
Nell Gwynne is said to have been born in Hereford in 1650.
According to a survey conducted in 2015, London had a population of over 8.5 million people. Regarded as a cultural capital with at least four World Heritage Sites and 300 different languages spoken among its residents, it has now become one of the most-visited cities in the world. Not only is it recognised as a leading financial centre with massive inward investment, it is also the largest of any metropolitan city within the European Union.
No wonder former Major Boris Johnson MP declared London to be the most magnificent city on earth!
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the Summer Games (The XXX Olympiad) to London in 2012 and this spectacular and very successful event was staged over 2 weeks between 25th July and 12th August 2012. It became the THIRD time London had been the host city, the other two occasions being in 1908 and again in 1948 when it was dubbed the ‘Austerity‘ Games. That’s because rationing was still in force after World War II.
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