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Workshops planned with parade experts ahead of Guild processions

Posted on - 17th January, 2012 - 9:11am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston Guild, Preston News, What's On in Preston
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The Atkinson's viewline pulls along a float at the Guild churches parade

A group of creatives who created a giant touring ship which sailed the River Ribble at the last Preston Guild are returning to the city this week.

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Walk the Plank are experts in creating floats for processions and civic parades and are looking to pass on their expertise to Preston ahead of the Guild events.

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A giant bee produced by Walk the Plank at the Manchester Day Parade

The company has produced the Manchester Day Parade and Newcastle’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival.

A free workshop will take place at The Guild Hall from 3pm to 6.30pm on Thursday on how to make the most of the four Guild processions.

Co-founder of Walk the Plank, Liz Pugh, said: “We have always received a warm welcome in Preston and are excited about returning to the city for this year’s Guild celebrations.

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“We want these initial sessions to excite people and inspire them to create something great. The day may even generate opportunities for joint working, with different groups linking up to bring their ideas to life.

“Following these exploratory sessions, we will devise an action plan of workshops that will be tailored towards feedback received, giving people the support they need to make this year’s Preston Guild Processions a great success.”

Stella Hall, festival director at Preston Guild 2012, said: “Walk the Plank has an exceptional reputation and we are delighted to have them on board. Over the years they have put on some show-stopping events and we are sure that they will add something very special to this year’s celebrations.”

Image credit to 240 Gardner

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