Cheshire industrial town Runcorn lies on the southern side of the river Mersey, and has around 61,000 people living in the town. Runcorn was named a "new town" in the 1960s, which dramatically increased its population as people came to try out the new housing and shops. This new designation brought major changes from 1964 and more than doubled the population of Runcorn as new light industry got a foothold locally, although certain existing businesses such as the town's tanneries declined.
Places to visit in the town include the ruins of Halton Castle in the centre of the town, the sandstone Norton water tower and the ruins of Norton Priory. Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts is from the town and comedian John Bishop lived in Runcorn for a while when he was a teenager.