Two of the latest phenomenon Facebook social groups to hit the scene are known as ‘You Know You’re from Preston When….’ and ‘Preston, Past and Present’.
Each of the two groups has its own merits and purposes and although the former group has been around a lot longer than the latter, they both serve to give resident Prestonians and even those who have moved to other parts, including the world over, a reminder of the Preston Town that people once knew.
‘You Know You’re from Preston When…’ has currently almost 1250 members worldwide and is increasing by the day. This group has also taken somewhat of a twist as late in two ways; people have been reminiscing of the thing they used to do in their youth and talking about the places they knew and certain unique sayings of the old Preston which existed at that time. Another unique feature of the group is that, both here in the UK and many other countries to where people have emigrated to are beginning to find long lost family and friends among the group members and making contact with them to rekindle relationships. One lady member has just recently contacted two former friends and one family member which she lost touch with years ago when she emigrated.
‘Preston, Past and Present’ which was only started a couple of weeks ago, has nearly 90 members and it too is increasing the membership rapidly. This is a group which serves mainly as an image gallery of Preston’s past streets, buildings and scenes which may or may not exist today. Many of the images appearing on the group have been extracted from digitised scans of the group manager’s own family collection of photographs taken in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s in the Preston centre and outer areas. Members are encouraged to also deposit their own images of Preston, past or present, so that other members can discuss the various points of the scenes in the images.
To people, wherever they may be, who have originated from Preston or even lived there for sometime in the past, both these groups are a great source of nostalgia and reminiscence. For local historians, there can be a mine of information and incredible gems of the social history of Preston. The essential idea of social groups, such as the two reviewed here, is to provide nostalgic entertainment and to give those who know and knew Preston so well a sense of belonging, and it would be very fair to say that both are an absolute success when it comes to being exactly that.
The managers of both groups are always keen for new members to join and all they ask is for everyone to have fun, not be offensive in any way to others and only use their own images for uploading and to use links only if directing members to images on other websites of which they have no copyright permission. Other than that, if you are a Proud Prestonian, then why not join one or even both and see what there is that may interest you.
You can view and join the groups at the following links:
You know you’re from Preston when…
Preston Past and Present
Do you use Facebook and if so are you a member of one of these social groups? Let us know in the comments section below.