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 […]2 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
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 […]3 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
As Preston prepares to honour those who fought in the First World War the lid has been lifted on how the city supplied shells to the front line. The Dick, Kerr and Company factory on Strand Road, Riversway, produced up to 30,000 of the 3.3 million shells a week to be sent to Allied troops. Ian Lawrenson, heritage manager for BAE Systems’ Military Air and […]3 months ago by Ed Walker Share See your advert here Want to promote your local business?
When you’ve signed up for a spot of dragon boat racing you’re not going to let a drop of rain spoil your day. That was certainly the case for hundreds of people from local companies who braved the elements to take part or support their teams in a charity event at Preston Docks on Saturday. Everyone seemed to be having a good time and there […]3 months ago by Paul Melling Share
Another of the properties along the eastern side of Winckley Square which unfortunately did not survive the demolition hammer was that of number 12 as seen in the above image. This was originally the residence of John Humber, a cotton manufacturer who owned a cotton mill at Bushell Street Works, Lancaster road North in Preston; this building still exists in the present day. In around 1910 12 Winckley […]3 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
Avenham and Miller Parks were awash with pirates, lost boys and a fairy last weekend as the Preston Youth Theatre performed the premiere of their latest production of Peter Pan. Although the weather on Saturday was rather inclement, the young performers did not let that affect the performance in anyway whatsoever and like true professionals they carried on regardless. Throughout the performance the audience was led from […]3 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share