Blog Preston is a hub of news, views and information about the city of Preston in Lancashire, UK.

In January 2014 to mark its fifth birthday the site became a Community Interest Company.

The aims of Blog Preston are:

  • To report and create online content about the city of Preston to be published via and its associated social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and any others which it chooses to use)
  • To involve community contributors across the city to produce content about their local area which may be of interest to their community or the wider community of the city of Preston
  • To work with other community organisations, for example a community radio station or the local university, to report on community events and news
  • To establish a Blog Preston community fund which can help fund community events or projects across the city, such as the sponsoring of a new exhibition about Preston’s history, a community fun day or any other number of worthwhile community initiatives

In autumn 2016 we also launched a community newspaper, which was distributed free each week across the city. More than 10,000 copies were printed and it is stocked at a number of shops, community venues and pubs across the city centre and beyond. You can see the full list here. We have paused the print edition and it will return around big events in the city.

Who runs it?

We have a board of two directors:

Ed Walker

Ed Walker, Director, Founder & Editor
Ed started Blog Preston on 11 January 2009 and he’s been blogging for it ever since. He currently works for the Trinity Mirror group of regional newspapers and websites across the UK but is based in Manchester. He runs Blog Preston his spare time. He graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a first-class honours degree in Journalism. You can follow him on Twitter @ed_walker86. His email is See all Ed’s articles on Blog Preston.


Luke Beardsworth, Director and co-editor
Luke is a Preston-born journalist. He currently works for Trinity Mirror Group in Birmingham and spreads his time between there and Preston. Between 2009 and 2014 he contributed towards and edited for The Ark Preston. He graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2014 and writes for Blog Preston about food and music, as well as covering breaking news.. When he’s not being a journalist, he’s listening to new music or on a train. You can follow him on Twitter @LukeBeardsworth. His email is See all Luke’s articles on Blog Preston.




jade-pikeJade Pike, Reporter
Jade is a journalist who has lived in Preston most of her life. She is currently the mobile editor for Liverpool Echo News and spends her time between there and Preston. After graduating from University of Central Lancashire in 2014 with a degree in journalism, she travelled to China to help develop a story-telling app. Since then she has worked in digital and broadcast journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @coolcumberpike or write to

olivia-baron120Olivia Baron, Reporter
Olivia is Preston-born and currently studies Journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University. She spends her time between the two cities and has had work published in the Lancashire Evening Post and VIVA Magazine. She was an active member of Preston Swimming Club and presently is a part-time lifeguard at Fulwood Leisure Centre. Olivia enjoys writing and hopes to increase her experience even more by reporting for Blog Preston. You can follow her on Twitter @OliviaMarie_97 or write to See all of Olivia’s articles on Blog Preston.

claudiawrightClaudia Wright, Blogger
Claudia is a 24-year-old social media exec who is back in Preston after a five year stint studying Journalism in Sheffield. When she isn’t binge watching the Real Housewives or online shopping, she enjoys writing a blog. So for all the beauty, fashion, fitness and lifestyle posts you can shake a shellac fingernail at, head over to or say hello on Twitter @CLAUDIAWRIGHTx. See all of Claudia’s articles on Blog Preston.

Paul MellingPaul Melling, Photographer
Paul is a talented local photographer who often takes stunning images for the site and covers events. He works locally but also does freelance photography in his spare time. One of his big contributions is the Preston in the Picture series of desktop wallpapers, giving readers an iconic image for their desktop every month. You can see his work on Flickr and follow him on Twitter @pjmimages. See all Paul Melling’s articles here.


rachelsmith120Rachel Smith, Reporter
Rachel is a freelance journalist based at Preston Crown Court. Preston born and bred, she spent 12 years at the Lancashire Evening Post and now writes for national and regional newspapers, magazines and broadcast. She has famously had a pint in every pub in Preston. You can follow her on Twitter @RachReports or email See all of Rachel’s articles on Blog Preston.


Lisa McManus, Blogger
Lisa is a local writer with a keen interest in the arts, nature and travel. She has been writing for Blog Preston since 2010. She has also had work published in Live Ribble Valley and updates her own blog with writing and photography. See all Lisa’s articles here.


Charlotte BrockbankCharlotte Brockbank, Advertising and Marketing
Charlotte looks after all the advertising on Blog Preston, working with local businesses to help them reach our audience of Prestonians. She works for a local company doing their marketing across the North West. She’s Preston born and bred. You can follow her on Twitter @lottieMEB and email her


James DuffellJames Duffell, Designer and coder
The man who makes the site work, James is the technical whizz behind Blog Preston. He is also a founder of Preston-based web agency 3ManFactory. You can follow him on Twitter @jamesduffell.



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