And you can still see random artworks popping up unexpectedly on the streets.
In comparison to the UK, it felt like a huge freedom to live in a city where autumn was really autumn and not treated as a run-up to Christmas (with the emphasis on shopping ) the minute summer was over.
The plans were rejected by Chorley Council earlier.
A proliferation of little wooden huts sprang up everywhere, selling beautifully-crafted baubles made from glass and wood.
When I remarked on this to one of my Czech friends, he kindly explained to me that it was special Czech thinking.