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The Mayor of Preston, Councillor Nicholas Pomfret reading a few words to the people

Preston Pals memorial service held at the Railway Station

At 11.00am on Wednesday 5th November 2014 a formal remembrance service was held at the Preston Pals Memorial situated on Preston’s Railway Station. The service was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston, Councillor Nicholas Pomfret and Mrs Barbara Pomfret, President of the Preston & District Veterans Council, Colonel Bernard Stam and chairman of the Preston Pals charity organisation, Mr Andrew Mather. The service […]

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Museum of Lancashire present ‘Notes from the front’

Showing for today only, 29 October 2014, at the Museum of Lancashire, there is a performance from┬áThe Northumberland Theatre Company of ‘Notes from the front’. This presentation is a one man show, told through anecdote, poetry, prose and song, covering experiences of soldiers throughout history with a focus on WWI. These stories are necessarily tragic, but also show honour, humour and hope. A fitting celebration […]

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In pictures: More images show Preston in 1985

More pictures showing how Preston looked nearly 30 years ago have emerged. Retrieved by Preston’s Digital Archive the images from Ian Thacker show the Docklands, early student accommodation and a nice view of the city skyline from Walton-le-Dale. Heather Crook, who runs local history magazine The Preston Magazine, had the pictures given to her by Ian of the city in 1985. There were the quieter […]

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In pictures: Preston as it was in 1985

A snapshot of Preston nearly 30 years ago has been revealed with new pictures. The Preston Digital Archive, which has thousands of pictures of the city, has a more modern set of pictures showing the recent changes. Or in some cases, where things haven’t changed that much. Ian Thacker passed the pictures to Heather Crook, who runs the local history magazine The Preston Magazine. Just […]

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New book review: The story of the Preston Pals Memorial

In April 2008 Mrs Rita Finley, from Fulwood, wrote to the Lancashire Evening Post asking why there was no Memorial in Preston or in France to the memory of the Preston Pals. Though not involved with the military in any way, I felt moved for some reason to rectify this omission, and without thinking about the work involved, I promised Mrs Finley a Memorial would […]

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Notable people of Preston: Martha Thompson, the first Preston Methodist

Martha Thompson was born of humble means in Preston in 1731. Unlike many young girls of that time she was educated with the skills of reading, writing and being trained as an apprentice seamstress to a tailor. At the age of nineteen, when her mother had died and her father had remarried, life at home became unpleasant and It was then when Martha made the […]

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