Preston in the Picture: The Guild Hall

preston guild hall

This week’s photograph is another of Preston’s landmark buildings which tends to divide opinion, but perhaps not with quite as much passion as the bus station to which it is joined. Over the years Preston Guild Hall has played host to some of the biggest names in show-business. I can remember queuing overnight on one occasion for Elton John tickets at the height of his fame for what was aptly called the ‘Louder than Concorde…but not quite as pretty’ tour. Other notable superstars to take to the stage have included, David Bowie, Queen, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra.

These days you are far more likely to see some psychic act or tribute band rather than the current crop of pop stars who tend to head for the stadiums and larger venues where they can reach more people and make more money. The Guild Hall has also been popular as a sporting venue and hosted everything from bowling to badminton and snooker of course. The Guild Hall opened in 1972 and it’s nice to see that there is a wide range of entertainment planned for this Guild year. I for one was pleasantly surprised when I visited the ‘What’s On’ pages of the Guild Hall website.

This week’s photograph was taken from the top of the escalators – it’s another one of those views where it really is worth looking up for the photograph opportunities.

Nikon D700, 16-35mm f4 VR, f8, 1/200 sec ISO800

Paul Melling [Paul Melling Photography]

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