People’s Festival to celebrate city’s rich industrial heritage

Posted on - 24th September, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, History, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
The Preston Martyrs statue in Lune Street is one of the venues for the festival Pic: Tony Worrall
The Preston Martyrs statue in Lune Street is one of the venues for the festival Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston’s industrial past is to be celebrated in a new one-day festival.


The Preston People’s Festival takes place during the final weekend of September.

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Suffragettes will ride bikes around Winckley Square, street performances take place in Lune Street and there will be dancing on the Flag Market.

Organisers say it an opportunity for young people in the city to learn about its rich and vibrant history.

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A walk of fame is planned to guide people around key buildings that have shaped Preston’s past.

Running on Saturday 30 September here’s what’s on and when:

10am – Poetry readings /street entertainment / soap box debate
10.30am – Mayor to judge School entrants
11am – Church Street – Street performance ‘Preston democratic development’
11.20am – Suffragettes Bike Riders arrives in Winkley Square to distribute fruit and seek support
11.45am – Street performance of the 1842 Lune Street protest
12pm –Banner March from Lune Street with Unite brass band to the Flag Market
1pm – Worldwise Samba band and dancers on the Flag Market
1.50pm – Live music with Sweeny Astray a four piece original indie electro-folk band from Lancashire and Manchester driven by the songwriting of Mike Kneafsey
2.40pm – live music with Matthew
3pm – live music with Sonnenberg A four piece from Liverpool “The governing spirit is indie folk with a twist.. It’s all intimate without being cloying, pleasurably nocturnal and more than a little bit wonderful” S. Muirhead, (the WORD )
4.10pm – Preston Peoples choir live
4.40pm – 5.30pm Live music with Robb Johnson “The real deal when it comes to songwriting” – Mike Harding, BBC Radio2 “An English original” – Robin Denselow, The Guardian
“One of this country’s most important songwriters (no argument!) … a powerfully literate emotional sensitivity at work … this is one real essential purchase” (fRoots) “There is no songwriter to compare with Robb Johnson operating in the UK” – R2 “One of the best” – Maverick
6pm – Live music with Run out the Guns A “Folk, Punk, Blues, Rock, Country, Irish Mash-Up”, described as the antidote to the “Pulp Fiction” modern music industry! want your music to light a fire under you… come aboard, down some grog, stomp your feet!

Read more: Preston’s observatory is being opened to the public again

All events are free to attend.

Preston Peoples Festival is created by members of the local community from different backgrounds, with different interests. Including; trade unionists, a lecturer, a councillor, musicians, poets, performers, childrens entertainers, carers, campaigners, a samaritan, retired people, public and private sector workers.

What do you think of the People’s Festival? Will you be going? Let us know in the comments below

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