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See how big dinosaurs would look if they roamed Crawley now

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Tyrannosaurus Rex in Queens Square, Crawley

It’s half term week and now comes the time to try to keep the little ones entertained. So as a way to celebrate the FREE exhibitions up in London at the Natural History Museum, including the fantastic Stomp Like a Dinosaur exhibition, we have taken a look at just how impressive four of the best known would look if they were in the town right now.

But you don’t have to go all the way in to London to enjoy animals as County Mall is running a Jungle General Hospital on the 18th and 19th Feb. Click here for more information.

And let’s not forget the Tilgate Nature Centre here.

We think the only thing missing from these images is the furious running away of people if they actually encountered them!

Triceratops

Triceratops in-front of the entrance to Manor Royal
Triceratops in-front of the entrance to Manor Royal

First up the Triceratops that first appeared about 68 million years ago in what is now North America. At 3m in height and around 9m in length this favourite dinosaur of many was a plant based eater dining mainly on Cycad and Palm Trees.

Diplodocus

Diplodocus would easily be able to look over the top of the old Morrisons building
Diplodocus would easily be able to look over the top of the old Morrisons building

They lived about 154 to 150 million years ago and could weigh as much as 12 tons. Thought to be the longest known dinosaur its neck could reach over 6m (20ft) and its long tail had 80 vertebrae. Another plant based dinosaur it ate trees, bushes, cycads, gingkoes and ferns.

Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus next to the demolish of Crawley's Civic Hall
Spinosaurus next to the demolish of Crawley’s Civic Hall

Alive 100 million years ago it is believed to be the King of the meat eaters but it also ate fish, and lived on both land and water (like a crocodile). They would have been up to 18 metres long and weighed about 20 tons, more than a diplodocus. It is also believed to be the the only true aquatic swimming dinosaur.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex in Queens Square, Crawley
Tyrannosaurus Rex in Queens Square, Crawley

The most famous but also the youngest of our dinosaurs in our post as it lived only 65 million years ago. Able to sprint up to 20 mph they were up to 12 metres long and had teeth as long as 30 cm. Definitely a meat eater, did you know that Tyrannosaurus Rex means ‘Tyrant Lizard’.

The Natural History museum in South Kensington is FREE to enter which is perfect for families and is open from 10am through to 5:50pm every day. Whilst there is no parking available it is easily accessible by tube and bus.

For more information go to the website here.

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Nervous time for Crawley & Gatwick Pret A Manger shops as chain announces closure of 30 shops and at least 1,000 job losses

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Pret A Manger is to close 30 of its shops as it struggles to cope with the problems caused by COVID-19.

According to the food chain they had faced ‘significant operating losses’ during lockdown.

The closure puts around 1,000 jobs at risk and the chain has said it will make these closures before the end of this year whilst also reducing staff in its other locations.

Crawley has one Pret A Manager within The Martletts with several others located within Gatwick Airport itself.

It is not yet clear which shops will close but with jobs cuts to come across its shops it will be a very nervous time for Crawley’s shop staff to see if they are affected in any way.

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