Bromley. Twinned with Neuwied in Germany. The largest and most rural borough in Greater London. And yet one of the only London boroughs not to have a tube station! 20 minutes on the overground from London and an hour to the sea, the locals love it! They're born there and a lot of the time they stay there. See if you recognise these 21 signs that say you grew up in Bromley
1. People ask where you come from and you’re never really sure whether to say south east London or Kent.
2. You’ve been told countless times that David Bowie created his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust when he lived in Beckenham and drank in the Three Tuns.
3. All your sausages came from the local Kennedy’s.
4. You used to buy fluorescent test tubes upstairs in Langtry’s after getting past the bouncers with a dodgy NUS card.
5. Girls all shopped in Clobber.
6. Going to McDonalds was a proper treat. It was the only fast food restaurant around. And upstairs there were spinning fans on the ceiling.
7. The News Shopper contained all the news you ever needed to read.
8. You were fascinated to know whether Robbie Williams and Nicole Appleton had ever actually visited Jazzmin’s or whether the signed picture on the wall was in fact a complete fake!
9. It really bugged you that if you wanted to go ice skating your parents had to give you a lift to Streatham.
10. You remember when Army & Navy had a walkway over the High Street.
11. There was huge excitement when The Glades opened its doors in 1991.
12. And never mind Intu Bromley or whatever it’s supposed to be called now, it will always be the Glades to you.
13. You know all the words to Glad All Over.
14. You never found a visit to the Horniman Museum very exciting.
15. You remember seeing some of the tennis greats play at the Beckenham Grass Court Championships in their warm up to Wimbledon.
16. The Chinese Roundabout sounds perfectly normal to you.
17. The Croydon tramlink arriving was the future! In hindsight it would have saved you a fortune on cabs to the Blue Orchid back in the day!
18. You’ve never needed to know the actual road name of the ‘Mad Mile’.
19. Fireworks at Beckenham Rec were the highlight of the social calender. As were the obligatory rides on the Hearts and Diamonds.
20. You were bemused when in 1997 pictures of your local MP kissing a 17 year old nightclub hostess in a public park were splashed all over the front of the papers.
21. You felt a sense of pride when Kate Lawler emerged as the winner of Big Brother in 2002.
Recognise all of these? Let us know if we’ve missed any!