Celebration of former Courtaulds factory event planned

Posted on - 16th June, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, History, Nostalgia, St Matthews, What's On in Preston
Tea break in the former Courtaulds factory

Tea break in the former Courtaulds factory

An event to celebrate those who worked at the former Courtaulds factory takes place on Saturday.


Celebrating Courtaulds is part of a project delving into the history of what was one of Preston’s biggest employers.

Held at St Matthews Mission in Fishwick the event is the culmination in a number of events where former staff have been recounting their memories of the factory – which was demolished in the 1980s.

It will also include the performance of a song inspired by Courtaulds by singer-songwriter Claire Mooney and the showing of a documentary made by local filmmaker Gary Cunliffe.

Frankie Mullen, co-founder of the Dovetail Agency, who run the project, said: “We have been working in Preston for over 5 years and we are delighted to be leading this project about an institution which has touched so many people here.

“No matter who you speak to, everyone has a connection with Courtaulds. Whether through family, neighbours or personal experience it really is astonishing to see how an institution like the Courtaulds factory can leave such a huge legacy.

“Through the project we have met some remarkable individuals with such a huge variety of stories – some sad, some hilarious – and what has come through it all is the resilience and spirit of those that worked there. Truly inspiring.”

Former workers at one of the previous Courtaulds events

Former workers at one of the previous Courtaulds events

The event takes place from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 21 June and is free to attend.

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