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Campaign launched to keep National Football Museum in Preston

Posted on - 10th September, 2009 - 4:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Sport

Preston residents outside the National Football MuseumA campaign has been launched to keep the National Football Museum in Preston.

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Proposals have been put forward to move the museum to a new home in Manchester, but the people of Preston are demanding it stay put.

Football legends are having their say, local politicians have got involved and so have former Preston North End players and they all agree that Preston needs its football museum and that the football museum needs Preston.

Local residents turned out in force at the museum on Thursday 10th September from 2 PM to show their support for the campaign, championed by the Lancashire Evening Post, to stop the museum moving.

The reason for the proposed move to Manchester is due to the high running costs of the museum and a budget shortfall, that is currently being covered by the North West Regional Development Agency.

The Football Association, the Premier League and Football League are all being appealed to in a bid to find funding.

Frank McKenna, chairman of Downtown Preston in Business, is supporting the campaign:

“Our priority is to keep the museum in Preston – we have to make sure that if we do keep the museum in Preston we start to market and support it more effectively. What a shame it would be if we lose this facility before the Tithebarn regeneration project.”

You can sign a petition to Number 10 Downing Street urging Gordon Brown to intervene and keep the National Football Museum in Preston.

So far, nearly 300 people have signed the petition.

Image provided by Nerissa Warner-O’Neill

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