When Stuart Dagger of the Royal Air Force Association started an on-line campaign to let everyone know that a war veteran was to have no family or friends at his funeral, little did he know how much people would respond to his request. When Stuart contacted BlogPreston we put a call out on our website and Facebook page in hope that we would be able […]6 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
On Monday 11 August a British Army veteran and locally well known Standard Bearer was all set to become Preston’s very own Chelsea Pensioner. Steve’s last duty as a Standard Bearer was at the ‘Lights Out’ event held on the Flag Market at the War Memorial. Stephen Allen, known as Steve ‘Tanky’ Allen to his friends, had been wonderfully successful in his application to become one of the worldwide […]7 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
Anyone remember when Joy Division played in Preston in 1980? The band performed at the Warehouse nightclub and a number of tracks from the gig have performed on YouTube. Disorder, Warsaw and Twenty Four Hours capture the band’s raw sound with Ian Curtis’ haunting vocals. It’s raw and powerful a glimpse into that gig in February 1980 which became a live album. You can listen […]7 months ago by Ed Walker Share Want to promote your local business? Want to promote your local business?
Flickr hosted Preston Digital Archive has now reached a staggering landmark of twenty million viewings by people from Preston and the world over. Whether the people consulting the archive are Preston residents, ex-pats or those just simply using it for the pleasure of seeing the images or for research, the number of people viewing are in their thousands every day. Preston street scenes, parks, docks, cotton mills, architecture, engineering, famous […]7 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
On Monday 4 August at 11am a reconstruction of the ‘Giving of the King’s Shilling’ took place using two platforms. The ‘King’s Shilling’ is an old armed forces tradition dating back as far as the eighteenth century. Civilians were given a shilling from the King’s purse to join either the British Army or the Royal Navy to serve their country. The tradition is no longer official […]7 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
On Monday evening very large crowds gathered on Preston’s Flag Market to witness 1,956 lit candles being placed around the base of the War Memorial by volunteer carriers to signify the war’s fallen victims. This was Preston’s contribution to the nationwide ‘Lights Out‘ project and in true form, the people of Preston were out in full force to commemorate the occasion. Following a service held by Cannon Timothy […]7 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share