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Spending a couple of days in Charters Towers at the moment. Charters Towers is located around 140km South-West of Townsville. It was founded in 1870 as a Gold Mining Town and grew to have a population of around 30,000 (and around 100 pubs). Unlike many other Gold Mining Towns, Charters Towers continued when the Gold dried up and today still has a population of around 8,000. There's still some gold mining carried out in the area and there's many sites of historical interest around the area. Venus Mill Stamp Battery (circa 1872) - used to crush ore to start the gold extraction process WWII Ammunition Storage Depots on Towers Hill Remnants of Pyrites Works at the top of Towers Hill Sunset from the top of Towers Hilll Miners Cottage Panning for Gold at Miners Cottage Architecture Gold Discovery Monument Local Graffiti on the side of a toilet block Well worth visiting the Venus Gold Battery (very knowledgeable tour guide), The Miners Cottage and the 'Ghosts after dark' screening at the Amphitheater at the top of Towers Hill - the host, playing the role of the ghost of Thaddeus O'kane (Newspaper editor of the Northern Miner during the late 1800's) was brilliant :notworthy: and really helps make history come alive.
What next ?lol, what are your thoughts? Should trunks stay or go? A POPULAR theme park has banned men from wearing Speedos or skimpy budgie smugglers on site, claiming they disrupt the site's family atmosphere. The Alton Towers has banned Speedos and other types of tight swimming trunks at its Staffordshire site on grounds of taste. The trunks are favoured by the likes of Rod Stewart and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. But it seems Alton Towers' bosses cannot stomach the types of swimwear that have featured at their waterpark, reckoning them "more suited to Spain than Staffordshire". The company said that a number of men had been sporting tight trunks during the hot weather. It went on: "To prevent embarrassment among fellow members of the public and to maintain the family friendly atmosphere at the resort, bosses have taken the extreme measure of banning these tight trunks from their popular waterpark located within the Splash Landings Hotel.
anlopa posted a topic in Aussie ChatI have a set of Alton Towers tickets for this Thursday the first pesron to P.M me with an address to send them to can have them they are from the sun newspaper 2 Free adults and two children for £9.50. We applied for these befor we got our season tickets so we nolonger need them. You can also collect them if you are local to Preston Lancashire. Hurry though cos I will need to get them in the Post ASAP to ensure that they get to you :jiggy: Regards Anne