Old photos show 1960s Preston Ambulance Service in action

Posted on - 27th September, 2011 - 1:44pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Photos

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Photos of a Preston ambulance team in action and relaxing after work have been found.

Donald Minchin discovered the pictures he’d taken as a teenager after clearing out cupboards at his home in Barra, Scotland.

View a slideshow of the ambulance photos

Mr Minchin, who was born in Preston, took the photos in 1968 – along with his sister – and described how they took photos of their father in action for the Lancashire Ambulance Service.

He said: “My father joined London Ambulance service pre World War 2 and after serving with the Army during both the war and then in Palestine returned to work with the newly formed Lancashire Ambulance Service working his way up to Station Officer before gaining the post of Chief Ambulance Officer for Preston Ambulance Service.

“Hence the access to these photos. Unfortunately a lot have been lost due to storage conditions etc over the years.”

Mr Minchin is now hoping to trace some of the people who appear in the photos, as he is researching his family history.

You can contact him via and see his photos on his Flickr page.

Clarification: We previously said in this post the photos shown related to an exercise carried out if the city was hit by an atomic bomb. This was incorrect and we apologies for any offence caused to the owner of the photos and those pictured in them.

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