In Case You Missed It: Five stories from Preston this week September 18 to 24

Posted on - 25th September, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Ashton-on-Ribble, Charities, Education, In Case You Missed It, Lea, Longton & New Longton, Music, People, Preston Locations, Preston News, Proud Preston, South Ribble Locations, UCLan, What's On in Preston
Clouds and sunset at Preston Docks Pic: Tony Worrall
Clouds and sunset at Preston Docks Pic: Tony Worrall

This week in Preston, UCLan released a timetable detailing the reopening of the roads surrounding the long-awaited Adelphi Square development. There was also good news for students gathering for fresher’s week as The Adelphi pub reopened with a new blue exterior and an exciting schedule of events.


Here are five other stories you may have missed.

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Cancer survivor ‘screams in fear and delight’ during wing walk for Fulwood’s Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Julie takes to the skies

A Longton cancer survivor braved 130 mph winds during a wing walk for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Chiropractor Julie raised £1,100 for the charity after travelling to an aerodrome in Cirencester, where a team from AeroSuperBatics strapped her to the top of a vintage biplane.


It took off for a flight over the Cotswolds, reaching 130 mph as it banked and dived.

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Preston woman receives ‘overwhelming response’ after competing on ITV’s Beat the Chasers

Samantha Walkden on Beat the Chasers. Pic: ITV Hub

A Prestonian last weekend appeared on ITV’s Beat the Chasers to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Forensic psychology lecturer Samantha Walkden applied for the show to commemorate her Grandma Sandra, who sadly passed away from cancer seven years ago.

The pair would often play quizzes together, but Sandra did not get the chance to compete on television, so Samantha, who organises events in memory of her grandma each year, decided to apply for Beat the Chasers.

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Preston band The Avenhams aiming to park themselves in music lovers’ memories 

The Avenhams on stage
The Avenhams on stage

Newly formed Preston band The Avenhams are setting their sights on the big time.

The band added its final member – their ‘missing jigsaw piece’ – earlier this year and now say they’ve found an electric energy.

The Avenhams’ story began in 2015 when founding members Jaz Elliott and Thomas Hardy met at an open mic night at now-closed arts cafe and bar Korova.

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Preston artist Harold Wood, success for local lad 

Harold Wood self-portrait Pic: Preston Digital Archive
Harold Wood self-portrait Pic: Preston Digital Archive

Preston artist Harold Wood had a fascinating life that covered most of the 20th century. He was a friend to royalty and a renowned horse painter. He trained as an artist in Preston.

Born in 1918, Wood studied drawing and painting at the Harris School of Art.

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He then worked for Leyland Paint and Varnish as a decorative artist. This was the era of Art Deco wallpaper, ceramics and buildings.

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13-year-old Lea fundraiser cycles 50 laps of Jubilee Park

Cheque presentation with Kaitlyn, Mum and Baby Beat Manager Cathy Skidmore

A 13-year-old Lea fundraiser has raised £465 for charity after cycling 50 laps of Jubilee Park.

On 20 August, Kaitlyn Marsden raised funds for Baby Beat, which supports the maternity and neonatal units across Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Kaitlyn cycled a total of 15 kilometres around the park in Lea in one day.

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