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In pictures: Vintage Preston vehicles on display at Mere Brow steam rally

Preston steam enthusiasts headed down the A59 to Mere Brow for the seventh annual steam rally in Riverside Holiday Park. Plenty of Preston vehicles were on display as well as 20 full size steam engines. More than 500 vintage vehicles were on display during the weekend. A vintage fairground, trade stands, food outlets, miniature steam railway, craft tent and other live activities were available to […]

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The Miller Arcade includes Baluga Bar - who are objecting to the plans Pic: Tony Worrall

Miller Arcade plans to create new flats, restaurant and roof terrace due to be approved

One of Preston’s listed buildings and architectural gems is likely to see new flats and a restaurant built into its upper floors. The Miller Arcade which faces onto Lancaster Road and Church Street is grade II listed but has not seen use of the first floor upwards for seven years. Callaway Estates lodged plans to create 45 studio apartments, a decked roof garden and a […]

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Cuadrilla has been exploring shale gas options in Lancashire

Fracking near Preston: Further delay to decision on Cuadrilla plans

A decision on whether to allow fracking in the countryside to the West of Preston will not be made until the summer. Lancashire County Council has announced a further delay to the decision which had been due to be made in January. Cuadrilla, the firm who wish to drill for shale gas, requested an extension to the planning process. It wishes to frack at Preston […]

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Mortar is detonated in fields near Avenham Park

Watch: Military mortar detonated in controlled explosion in fields near River Ribble — Preston City Police (@PrestonPolice) April 25, 2015 An old military mortar found by metal detecting enthusiasts in a field near the River Ribble has been detonated. Preston Police received a call at 4.02pm on Saturday once the mortar had been found. The three inch device triggered the callout of the bomb squad and police cordoned off Avenham Park and the area around the […]

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Tim and Neil brought their microlight into the hospice grounds

Adventure pair prepare for microlight mission around Britain’s coastline

Two fundraisers are preparing to complete a 2,200 mile journey in the skies above Britain to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice. Tim Burrow and Neil King’s microlight adventure takes them around the coastline of the mainland. Tim, a builder from Preston, said the work he sees his wife Katharine doing at the hospice had helped inspire the challenge. He said: “We will have to […]

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Police have tweeted a picture of where the mortar has been discovered

Unexploded mortar found near Avenham Park

Police in Preston have cordoned off an area around the Old Tram Bridge in Avenham Park, due to what is understood to be an unexploded bomb. The military have been called in after two people metal detecting in a field opposite Avenham Park found what they believe to be an old military mortar. Preston Police were called at 4.02pm by the metal detectors. The mortar […]

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