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Rochdale is a town and metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester (until 1974 in Lancashire)ated north of Manchester. It grew in the nineteenth century as a centre of cotton textile manufacture, and is renowned as the home of the Co-operative movement: in 1844 Britain's forst modern co-operative society was founded here by the Rochdale Pioneers. The popular singer and actress Gracie Fields came from Rochdale.

Rochdale is home to the Rochdale Hornets Rugby League team.