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The city of Derby is located in the East Midlands area of England and lies on the River Derwent. The city of Derby has an important place in economic history as it is considered to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and home to the first factory in the world. The arrival of the railways in the 19th century also led Derby to become an important centre of the British rail industry.
Modern day Derby has an international reputation for advanced transport manufacturing being home to the world's second largest aircraft engine manufacturer, Rolls Royce, and to Derby Litchurch Lane Works, the UK's only remaining train manufacturer which is now owned by Bombardier. Toyota Manufacturing has its UK headquarters located just to the south of Derby at Burnaston.
Visitors to Derby can enjoy the city's notable landmarks which include Derby Cathedral, Derby Gaol, Derby Industrial Museum, Pickford's House Museum and the Derby Museum and Art Gallery.
The main shopping area in Derby is divided into three main areas. These are the Cathedral Quarter, the St Peters Quarter and Intu Shopping Centre. The Cathedral Quarter has a large number of shops, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants and is centered around the Cathedral.
Located in Cambridgeshire, the city of Ely is roughly 14 miles to the north east of the city of Cambridge. The English King, Henry III, granted the Bishop of Ely a market in the 13th century. Today, the market is open on Thursday and Saturday and is supplemented with seasonal markets held monthly on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter to November. The city is situated on the River Great Ouse, which was a significant means of transport until the fens were drained and Ely ceased to be an island in the eighteenth century. The river is now a popular boating spot, and has a large marina.
Annual events in Ely include Aquafest, which has been staged at the riverside by the Rotary Club on the first Sunday of July since 1978. Other events include the Eel Day carnival procession and the annual fireworks display in Ely Park which was first staged in 1974. The Ely Folk Festival has been held in the city since 1985. The Ely Horticultural Society have been staging their Great Autumn Show since 1927.
Ely railway station, on the Fen Line, is a major railway hub with the Cambridge to Ely section opening in 1845. Five major railway lines emanate from this hub: north to King's Lynn, north-west to Peterborough, east to Norwich, south-east to Ipswich and south to Cambridge and London.