A rainbow over Preston Bus Station

One year on from Preston Bus Station becoming a listed building

It’s exactly a year since Preston Bus Station was confirmed as a grade II listed building. Culture minister Ed Vaizey delivered the decision which all but confirmed the building would continue to stand in the centre of Preston. It delighted campaigners who had fought against a previous Preston City Council decision to demolish the building, but enraged those who saw the building as a blocker […]

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Preston’s homeless: the story of Bill goes viral on Facebook

The hardest thing about being homeless is people looking down on you, according to one anonymous homeless man. In a random act of kindness, Ben Holmes stopped to share a Subway with a homeless Preston man and his dog. The man, who the University of Manchester student decided to call Bill, says that people look down on him as though he has chosen to live […]

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Food review at a pub: The Continental

The Continental situated on the banks of the Ribble, would have you believe it is on The South Bank of the Thames judging by their website. Since opening in 2009 it has secured its place as a venue for arts, a pint of real ale (mainly at the large beer festival it holds) and has a reputation for serving decent food. I’ve visited on countless […]

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harlequins The Bus Station divides Prestonians, nearly 50/50

Is Preston Bus Station one of the ugliest buildings in the world?

Preston’s divisive bus station has been singled out as one of Britain’s ugliest buildings. John Rentoul, writing on the Independent, has submitted it as his number one in a top 10 ugly British buildings list. The Bus Station has been highlighted as a “concrete lasagne” in the piece and submitted to a worldwide competition celebrating the worst buildings. The Dead Prize is a Twitter competition […]

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Coda was the previous name for the venue before the Frog and Bucket took over

Coda, The Venue and more: Looking back at what the Frog and Bucket venue used to be

The building which houses the soon to close Frog and Bucket has been an entertainment venue for decades. As The Frog and Bucket, it hosted shows by stars from John Bishop to The Boy With Tape on his Face to radio and TV presenter Terry Christian. In particular, Sarah Millican seemed to love the place and it became her favourite venue to host hush-hush tryout […]

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Taking on The Big Ugly Burger at Longton’s Dolphin Inn

As it came towards me the other diners gasped. The waiter, who was delivering this beastly incarnation, held a strong smug look as if to say, “you won’t beat this….” OK, that’s not quite how it happened, but in my defence, it felt like it at the time and a number of other diners in the pub did laugh out loud and ask me what […]

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