Preston InstaMeet goes inside city’s political heart

Posted on - 11th September, 2018 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Photos, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Preston Town Hall in Lancaster Road Pic: Blog Preston
Preston Town Hall in Lancaster Road Pic: Blog Preston

Preston’s corridors of power were in focus for the second city InstaMeet.


Nearly 20 photographers had their iPhones and lenses trained on Preston Town Hall during Monday (10 September) evening.

An InstaMeet, organised by Blog Preston, gives the chance to go inside buildings in the city and get access to areas where the public don’t often see inside.

After the success of the first event at the Harris we moved onto the Town Hall and took a look at the Mayor’s parlour and the council chamber.

Read more: See the Harris Museum and Art Gallery from all angles

Formerly the municipal buildings of the city, built in the 1930s, the Town Hall (as it is now) became the main offices and meeting place for the council after a fire destroyed much of the former Preston Town Hall which stood where Crystal House now is.

Instagrammers heard about the history of the building as well as getting a chance to meet the Mayor of Preston councillor Trevor Hart.

Mr Mayor had all his bling on display and one photographer had the chance to try holding the mace which is carried by an attendant to the Mayor at all functions.

Photographers also got the chance to see the main council chamber and see the view from the backbenches.

The event finished up with a swift pint at The Orchard in Preston’s Market.

You can see the pictures from the event on Instagram, by following #igerspreston

Mayor of Preston councillor Trevor Hart said: “It was a great evening hosting the Instameet at the Town Hall last night. Bringing members of the public into the Parlour and Council Chamber enabled them to explore and capture some amazing photos, which not many people get the opportunity to do.”

Preston InstaMeet’s run every three to four months and suggestions for where to explore next are welcome – it’s free to come along, you just need to keep an eye on Blog Preston for when the next one will be.

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