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FWP partners with Roger. Left to right: Gordon Burke, Martin Whittle, Brent Clayton, Roger White, Kate Shuttleworth, David Robinson, Frank Whittle.

Lostock Hall man retires after almost half a century at Preston firm

A senior quantity surveyor has retired after nearly 50 years’ service to a Preston- based company, Frank Whittle Partnership. Roger White retired on his 65th birthday, after his mum found the job advertised in the local newspaper, 46 years ago. Roger, who lives in Lostock Hall, has worked on major constructions around the UK, and says when he started they “didn’t even have calculators!” A […]

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James Barker is UKIP's Preston candidate

General Election 2015: UKIP announce Penwortham businessman James Barker as their candidate for Preston

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has announced a Penwortham businessman will be its Preston election candidate. James Barker, 49, will stand for the party in the Preston seat in the general election in May. He moved to the city 10 years ago and says Bill Clinton is his political hero. Mr Barker said: ““A large gulf has opened up between the ruling elite and […]

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Sudden death in Ashton-on-Ribble no longer being investigated

Police are no longer investigating a sudden death in Ashton-on-Ribble. An ambulance was called just after 11.45pm on Monday 23 February following reports of a death at an address on De Lacy Street. Lancashire Police also attended and a 50 year old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. A 56 year old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but was later released with […]

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Former Preston eminent docotor’s home on Winckley Square revealed in pictures

A very dilapidated building, 27 Winckley Square, was at one time the house of one Preston Royal Infirmary’s most eminent doctor and benefactor, Sir Robert Charles Brown. In fact, the ‘Brown Ward’ was so called in his namesake. The house was originally the family home of Sir Robert’s parents and he was born and spent all his life living in the house until he died in 1925. Over the years […]

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One of the trees which has been cut down on Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall

Fishergate roadworks: Tree stumps left lining the street as second phase work continues

Further roadworks on Fishergate are on full swing as trees are hacked back and the section up towards Cheapside gets the new look. Shared space, which sees cars and pedestrians share right of way, has been controversial and the initial £3.4 million scheme has divided opinion from Prestonians. Workmen are hard at work on the top end of Fishergate starting what will be months of […]

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Preston BID launching competition to give £75,000 to businesses

Preston’s Business Improvement District have been given £75,000 to distribute via a competition. Entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch for a slice of the money to help new businesses in the city centre. The top 10 proposals will be put to a public vote in April before the final five is decided by a panel. These will be given £10,000 per business with a further […]

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Over time, a few digitally scanned photos of unknown origin, location and subject have appeared and the guys at Preston Digital Archive would love to know if anyone could help with identifying people, locations and any other useful information regarding these photos.

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We've put together a map showing where you can access free WiFi across Preston and Penwortham, from coffee shops, to restaurants and kids play centres you'll be surprised at all the places offering the chance to surf the web for free.

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Mapped: Planning applications in Preston

See how the city is changing, we track planning applications across the city of Preston showing what's going up, coming down or being changed.

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Our guide to Preston

From parks to shopping, we live in one of the newest cities in the UK and we've put together a guide by Prestonians for both those visiting the city and those who live here.

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What's the Preston Guild all about?

Since 1179 the founding fathers of the city have celebrated every 20 years the right of Preston to hold a market. The Guild has grown over the centuries to become a huge month-long festival with parades, processions and parties across the whole of the city.

Use our Guild section to get under the skin of what happened across Preston not just during the Guild month but the whole Guild year and the legacy it aims to leave.

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