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Howard Hamersley 1938 - 2015

Howard Hammersley ‘Mr Dalesrail’ Dies

One of Lancashire’s leading ramblers, local historian, conservation activist and the father of the Dalesrail train excursions died Monday 19th January after a short stay in hospital. Howard Hammersley and his team introduced thousands of walkers from Preston and Lancashire to the pleasures of riding the scenic Settle and Carlisle railway and exploring the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian countryside. Howard’s meticulous planning and monitoring of the […]

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Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines with Mayor, Councillor Nick Pomfret holding the Freeddom Scroll

Granting of the Honorary Freedom of the City of Preston to Lady Grenfell-Baines

  On Thursday 5 February, Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines received the honorary Freedom of the City of Preston. The ceremony was held in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall, Preston. The Right Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Nick Pomfret introduced the proceedings, welcoming Lady Grenfell-Baines along with her family and attending civil dignitaries to the ceremony. Councillor John Browne proposed the motion to grant the Freedom […]

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Old Town (Moot) Hall, Fishergate, Preston 1862

The Preston Magazine: A look at how the city saw mass building in the mid 1800s

The latest issue of a magazine exploring the history of Preston has been released. Produced by Penwortham resident Heather Crook the Preston Magazine is a collection of nostalgia and old pictures of the city. It includes a lookback at how the city changed between 1843 and 1893 – with the writer commenting on just how rapidly the buildings were being demolished and shooting up. Not […]

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Inside the New Victoria in 1927

Preston’s cinematic history: Where former cinemas once stood in the city

As Preston prepares to pin its future hopes on city centre revitalisation on a cinema we take a look back at when cinemas were in their pomp. The city has always been an enthusiastic adopter of watching films on the big screen and at one time had 22 cinemas dotted around its streets. One of the biggest was the Theatre Royal cinema which became the ABC Cinema. Located on the […]

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Fylde Street Roundabout, Preston. January 8, 1969.

The changing face of the Adelphi roundabout area over passing decades

  With the announcement of the proposed Adelphi Square which would sweep away the Adelphi roundabout and nearby buildings, we thought it would be interesting to see the past developments of this area over the last century. In the above aerial photo from the late 1940’s you can see that although the layout of the area was quite similar to what it is now, there were many […]

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Stephen Breuer talking in Lancashire County Hall about the Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Day commemorated at Lancashire County Hall and Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters

Surya Jonckheere went along to the Lancashire County Hall and Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters to hear the talks given by guest speakers in respect of the Holocaust Memorial Day. Stephen Breuer, a Holocaust survivor based in Lancaster, spoke today at the Lancashire County Hall in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Several young speakers from local schools and colleges joined Mr Breuer, who […]

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