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Luton is a large town in Bedfordshire, England, 20mi east of Aylesbury, 14mi west of Stevenage, 30mi northwest of London, and 22mi southeast of Milton Keynes.London Luton Airport, opened in 1938, is one of Britain's major airports. The University of Bedfordshire is also based in the town.Luton is home to League Two team Luton Town Football Club, whose history includes several spells in the top flight of the English league as well as a Football League Cup triumph in 1988. They play at Kenilworth Road, their home since 1905.The town was for many years famous for hat-making, and also had a large Vauxhall Motors factory. Car production at the plant began in 1905 and continued until 2002. Production of commercial vehicles continues, and the head office of Vauxhall Motors is still in the town.Luton Carnival, traditionally held on the Whitsun May bank holiday, is the largest one-day carnival in Europe.HistoryLUTONLuton derives its name from Saxon -tun (meaning enclosure, estate or homestead), and the Brittonic element -lug (meaning 'bright', 'light' or referring to the associated Celtic deity Lugus). The joint linguistic heritage may indicate the town's foundation as an early Anglo-Saxon outpost in a newly conquered area.
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