Torchlight parade to be held through Preston to thank key workers

Posted on - 20th August, 2021 - 5:09pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Mayor of Preston Javed Iqbal

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Javed Iqbal, has announced a Covid Thank You parade to take place in Preston this autumn. He is now looking for essential businesses, organisations and groups who have worked throughout the pandemic to support the people and communities in Preston to participate.


The torchlight parade, designed as a tribute to keyworkers, will form part of the finale of Lancashire Encounter and take place early evening 2 October in Preston city centre.

Expected to have a mixture of vehicles and walking participants, with a mix of proud Prestonians alongside astonishing acts from further afield the procession will have the theme of “light.” This event will provide the opportunity for a city celebration and appreciation for all who have sacrificed and worked hard to support Preston through the pandemic.

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Mayor of Preston, Councillor Javed Iqbal said: “It is with great pleasure I announce this parade as a way for the city to thank the many residents, businesses, organisations and groups who have worked so hard to support Preston through the pandemic.

“I was honoured to receive so many nominations for the Coronavirus Community Hero Awards and this event is an opportunity for the city to safely come together to honour and celebrate the many who sacrificed so much during this time.

“I strongly encourage any essential business, organisation, or group to participate – we want to include not only the NHS and emergency services, but also the essential retail workers, refuse collectors, postal workers, and transport sector, to name a few.

“It will be my privilege to welcome participants on the night and stand with Preston residents and visitors as a spectator to this magical event.”

Display at Lancashire Encounter 2015

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