Preston’s week in the BBC Breakfast spotlight with Dan Snow and railway chaos

Posted on - 28th September, 2023 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Nostalgia, Preston News, Preston Railway Station, Proud Preston
Dan Snow was on BBC Breakfast and gave insight into Preston’s important role down the centuries Pic: BBC Breakfast

Preston has been experiencing its place in the BBC Breakfast spotlight this week.

The city first appeared after being the subject of hundreds of people becoming stuck at Preston Station on Monday evening after Avanti West Coast services were disrupted by West Coast Main Line closures.

Comedian James Nokise decided to recount the chaos he was seeing unfolding at Preston – once he worked out where he was – on a thread on X (formerly Twitter).

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His tweets went viral as he told of the kindness of taxi drivers, takeaways and ‘Preston’s Monday night drunks’ in helping to step in and get people trying to get back to Scotland to safety.

James’ thread documented the evening and the chaos that unfolded.

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The city was then again in the spotlight as historian Dan Snow explained the significance of the city to BBC Breakfast presenters.

Mr Snow branded Preston ‘one of the most important cities in the world’.

And also explained to Sally Nugent it was not to be confused with Prestonpans which is a town in Scotland.

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Mr Snow pointed out the city’s role in the industrial revolution, the last battle on English soil being in the city and also the role of Preston Station which had a large military buffet set up for four years to feed soldiers and sailors as they passed through in the First World War.

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