Everything I saw on an afternoon walk around Derby city centre

City centres are fascinating places. Brimming with men, women and children from every possible different walk of life, they really do offer a glimpse into the character and personality of an area.

As the focal point of a region, they’re often cultural hubs and are where people go for entertainment, shopping or simply just to hang out. They’re also bustling with people just passing through – often, those travelling elsewhere by bus and train will need to change in the city centre.

Many travelling from place to place – to work, or home – will rush by at speed without a chance to look at what’s around them. But when I went for a walk at around 2pm on Thursday afternoon (September 28), I got the chance to walk around Derby city centre slowly – and take in what I saw around me.

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What I did see was remarkable. It can’t have often been more than a minute between me noticing one intriguing sight and another. I took a peek inside old, abandoned buildings that once housed some of Derby’s most favoured establishments, noticed outdated signs that evoked memories of yesteryear, and quirky street art and graffiti on various walls and buildings that I’d never previously spotted.

It’s interesting what you notice when you actually look for it.

Check out our gallery below of the best bits from my walk around Derby city centre this week:

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