Luton

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Luton
Borough of Luton
Toun, Burgh & Unitar authority
Luton Toun Haw
Luton shown athin Bedfordshire
Coordinates: 51°54′0″N 0°26′0″W / 51.90000°N 0.43333°W / 51.90000; -0.43333
Kintra Unitit Kinrick
Constituent aurie Ingland
Region East o Ingland
Ceremonial coonty Bedfordshire
Burgh Luton
Government[1]
 • Type Burgh
 • Govrenin body Luton Borough Council
 • Executive: Labour
 • Mayor Sydney Knight
 • MPs Kelvin Hopkins (L)
Gavin Shuker (L)
Area
 • Total 16.74 sq mi (43.35 km2)
Population [2]
 • Density 12,160/sq mi (4,696/km2)
 • ethnicity 68.0% White
18.9% S.Asie
7.3% Black
3.1% Mixed Race
2.5% E.Asian and Other
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) Breetish Simmer Time (UTC)
Postcode Aurie LU
Area code(s) (01582)
ONS code 00KA
Demonym Lutonians
Website www.luton.gov.uk

Luton (pronounced /ˈluːtən/ ( listen) or locally /ˈluːʔən/) is a lairge toun an unitar authority o Bedfordshire, Ingland, 30 miles (51 kilometres) north o Lunnon. Luton an its near neighbours, Dunstable an Houghton Regis, form the Luton/Dunstable Urban Aurie wi a population o ower 240,000.[3][4]

Luton is hame tae Blue Square Premier team Luton Town Football Club, whose history includes several spells in the top flicht o the Inglis league as well as a Football League Cup triumph in 1988. They play at Kenilworth Road stadium, which haes been their hame syne 1905.

London Luton Airport, opened in 1938, is ane o Ingland's major airports. Durin the Seicont Warld War it doubled as an RAF base.

The University o Bedfordshire is based in the toun.

The Luton Carnival, held on the late Maey bank holiday, is the lairgest ane-day carnival in Europe.

The toun wis for mony years famous for hat-makin an wis an aa hame tae a lairge Vauxhall Motors factory; the heid office o Vauxhall Motors is still situatit in the towun. Caur production at the plant began in 1905 an continued till 2002, but commercial vehicle production remains.

Twin touns[eedit | eedit soorce]

Luton participates in internaitional toun twinnin; its pairtners[5] are:

Kintra Place Coonty / Destrict / Region / State Date
Germany Germany DEU Bergisch Gladbach COA.png Bergisch Gladbach Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalie 1956
Fraunce Fraunce Bourgoin-Jallieu Rhône-Alpes 1956
Swaden Swaden Eskilstuna Södermanland vapen.svg Södermanland 1949
Germany Germany Coat of arms of borough Spandau.svg Berlin-Spandau Coat of arms of Berlin.svg Berlin 1959
Germany Germany Wappen Wolfsburg.svg Wolfsburg Coat of arms of Lower Saxony.svg Lawer Saxony 1950
Israel Israel Haifa coa.svg Haifa Haifa coa.svg Haifa Destrict 1966

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Leadership=Mayor & Cabinet
    Executive=Labour
  2. ONS estimates for total population and density in 2011 and ethnicity in 2009. See the Demografie section abuin for further information.
  3. Luton Borough Council, 2009 Mid year population estimates for Luton.
  4. Central Bedfordshire Council, Central Bedfordshire’s population. Dunstable 35,120. Houghton Regis 16,670.
  5. "Town twinning". Luton Borough Council. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-06-16.