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In pictures: The Mayor of Preston’s Covid thank you torchlight parade and fireworks

Posted on - 3rd October, 2021 - 2:51pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Charities, People, Photos, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston, What's On in Preston
Fireworks over Sessions House Pic: Michael Porter Photography
Fireworks over Sessions House Pic: Michael Porter Photography

Preston was lit up last night for Mayor of Preston’s Covid thank you torchlight parade and fireworks.

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The event, which was also the grand finale of the Lancashire Encounter festival, took place on Saturday 2 October.

The torchlight parade began at Moor Park and finished in the city centre.

It saw a mix of vehicles and walking participants, with proud Prestonians parading alongside acts from further afield.

A tribute to keyworkers, the event was designed as an opportunity for the city to celebrate those who have sacrificed and worked hard to support Preston through the pandemic.

A spectacular 10-minute firework display followed the parade. Commissioned as part of the city’s Welcome Back Fund action plan, the fireworks were funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Blog Preston broadcast live from the event on IGTV. You can can view the videos below or go to Instagram to watch the parade and the fireworks.

The Mayor of Preston at the start of the parade in Moor Park Pic: Crispin Robinson
The Mayor of Preston at the start of the parade in Moor Park Pic: Crispin Robinson
Some participants were in decorated vehicles Pic: Crispin Robinson
Some participants were in decorated vehicles Pic: Crispin Robinson
Participant dressed in light-up wings Pic: Crispin Robinson
Participant dressed in light-up wings Pic: Crispin Robinson
James Hall and Co took part in the parade Pic: Crispin Robinson
James Hall and Co took part in the parade Pic: Crispin Robinson
Age Concern Central Lancashire took part in the parade Pic: Crispin Robinson
Age Concern Central Lancashire took part in the parade Pic: Age Concern Central Lancashire
Jabberwock, Rag and Bone's animated and illuminated puppet beast Pic: Blog Preston
Jabberwock, Rag and Bone’s animated and illuminated puppet beast Pic: Blog Preston
The Mayor of Preston looks on from the Guild Hall balcony Pic: Michael Porter Photography
The Mayor of Preston Javed Iqbal looks on from the Guild Hall balcony Pic: Michael Porter Photography
The parade finished by the Bus Station Pic: Michael Porter Photography
The parade finished by the Bus Station Pic: Michael Porter Photography
The event culminated with a 10-minute fireworks display Pic: Michael Porter Photography
The event culminated with a 10-minute fireworks display Pic: Michael Porter Photography


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