Friendly Fires performed 29 September 2008 in The Club before becoming a household name

In pictures: Classic cuts from 53 Degrees gigs

53 Degrees has announced it will be closing its doors to the public after Christmas and not booking any new gigs. We’re taking the opportunity to look back at some of the big names who have graced the stage in both the venues within the building. The 1,500-capacity main venue has seen some huge names including the likes of Kasabian and one of its most […]

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The Struts performing at The Ferret

In pictures: The Struts, Then Thickens and Little Icarus at The Ferret

While the big silver venue across the road might be preparing to shut up shop for live music, The Ferret is going strong. It saw up and coming rockers The Struts headline a busy show with their power-pop rock. The Derby-based band are about to release their debut album Everybody Wants at the end of July. Single Put Your Money On Me is currently doing […]

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A brief history of the former India Mill on New Hall Lane, Preston

As the planning approval application for the Mulbury Homes building project has now been accepted, it spurred us on to looking into the history of the former India Mill which stood on the future building site for almost 140 years. Looking at the aerial image above, the building with the red marking around it, is the site of the former India Mill buildings; it stretched […]

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korova arts and cafe bar Want to promote your local business? Friargate, Preston c. 1910 (Hearder)

A brief history of Preston’s former public tramways

With the recent announcement of the possible re-use of a section of the former Preston and Longridge railway line as a new tramway for Preston, we thought that it would be interesting to look into Preston’s trams of times gone by. Horse drawn tramways were in force in Preston from 1879 and were a very successful form of public transport in their time. The main […]

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Preston in the Picture – June Desktop Wallpaper

Preston is blessed with some great canal walks and it was while out walking close to the new Ribble Link sculpture that this photograph was taken. ┬áThe canal boats were waiting patiently to be assisted through the first of the lock gates on the Ribble Link which leads them down to the River Ribble and Preston Dock. The photo was taken on a Fuji X-Pro1 […]

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Highlights from the Preston by Night PrestFest event

Revellers were out in full force on Saturday night in Preston’s city centre to be astounded by such spectacles as a giant Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. There was also a life size dinosaur on the prowl and a giant Lego Man too. Together, these figures created quite a stir one way or another. One of the exciting attractions of the event was the Bank […]

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