Category Archives: Made in Preston

Main theme and general stuff about Preston.

Barton Grange turns on the entertainment with style

Barton Grange Garden Centre has opened its big extension – The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre.    Curling, Cinemas, Bowling, Golf Simulator, Crazy Golf, Cafe, Chip Shop Restaurant.  All done in the high class Barton Grange style. We made a visit … Continue reading

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Dear Harris

In honour of the hanging at the Harris. Dear Harris,   (abridged) Is your permanence set in stone? On the road to death do you tread? Frequented by the old, neglected by the young, But the young will polish your dreary … Continue reading

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Tail winds at BAE Systems Lancashire

First there was Tornado, then there was Typhoon and what next?   The concept for the anticipated next aircraft project at BAE Systems in Lancashire and the Royal Air Force has been announced as the Tempest, photographed below. A concept design … Continue reading

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Comics at the Harris

The latest exhibition at the Harris is ‘Comics’.   23rd June to 23rd September 2018.   Three large rooms of comic artwork, much of it original so no photography allowed of single pieces of work.  Who knew that the artist of the … Continue reading

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Fair Do to Northern Rail?

Northern are getting a lot of stick for delays to trains in the North West but is it fair?  Since the new timetable came in on 20th May with the newly electrified track and new upgraded trains the system seems … Continue reading

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Ikea pull out, will NHS move in

After announcing a month ago that Ikea would be the key store at the new retail area at Cuerden, 3 miles south of Preston, it’s been announced they’re pulling out.   Ikea claim costs and delays no longer make the store … Continue reading

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Iconic Art at the Harris

If you know the Harris, is an icon ‘Hannibal’s Sister’ or ‘Pauline in the Yellow Dress’?  Your choice, but on 28th April we took in a talk by two Sisters from the St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk about creating religious … Continue reading

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The Notorious Fishergate Bollards

No blog is complete without a mention of Preston’s Fishergate bollards.   Lancashire County Council think they can be seen from the moon.  Yet several motorists only feet away have actually gone over the top of them. These bollards have their … Continue reading

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Courtaulds at the Harris

The Preston Courtaulds factory operated from 1939 to 1981 producing Rayon.  The display at the Harris shows a video of its history along with worker’s stories, maps and a painting from the Courtauld Gallery in London.  The painting was selected … Continue reading

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Preston’s New Market

The Victorian Covered Market has been updated with a stylish structure creating an internal market space under the canopy.   On entering from Orchard Street there are 3 smart stalls, as it’s just opened there are a few stalls still being … Continue reading

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Another step on the Preston Tramlink

Preston’s tram line took another step forward this week when Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in the route.  There will be a sod cutting ceremony for the tram test line in Deepdale on … Continue reading

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Preston Open Exhibition at the Harris Dec to Jan 18

The Preston Open Exhibition for local artists is held at the Harris Art Gallery during December and finishes on the 21st January 2018.  This year’s has a wide selection of creations, some tableaux based on the gallery’s own collection plus … Continue reading

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North End keeping their chances open

The last game of 2017 away at Cardiff City on Friday 29th January ended with a win  putting PNE into 8th place at the end of the year.  Still in touch with the play-off positions.   With an excellent run they … Continue reading

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Qatar signs for Typhoon Jets

After signing a letter of intent in September a contract agreement has been signed by the UK Government and Qatar Government for 24 Typhoon jets and their support, said to be worth £5bn.  The support element will extend the contract … Continue reading

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Potter and Winckley at the Harris

Two displays to catch the eye in the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Preston. Winckley Square Inside Out A display created by the Friends of Winckley Square and Preston Photographic Society.  A set of placards on both sets of … Continue reading

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Electrification Upgrade of Rail between Preston and Manchester 2017 to May 2018

As stated on Network Rail website: Work has been undertaken on the route to assess bridges and tunnels to ensure that there is sufficient clearance for overhead power cables to be installed. To date, we have rebuilt an aqueduct, 15 road bridges, … Continue reading

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Preston to Blackpool Rail Closure 11 Nov 2017 to 25 Mar 2018

  As written on the Network Rail and Northern Rail websites: Better rail journeys across the north of England are coming – we’re upgrading this key route, paving the way for more reliable journeys with more space for passengers Changes … Continue reading

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Redundancies at BAE Systems

It was announced that 750 posts will go at the Warton and Samlesbury sites of BAE Systems in Lancashire.   Work on Typhoon and Hawk is decreasing.   Contracts with Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to be discussed. 400 jobs will also … Continue reading

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Ribble Steam Railway trains at Easter

Ribble Steam Railway on Preston Docks will be running steam-diesel trains on Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 11am.  Trains every 45 minutes or thereabouts. Museum and Workshop, Shop and Cafe to enjoy as well.

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Preston’s Building Year

2016 has been quite a year for the centre of Preston.  The biggest thing to be noticed is that Fishergate looks a lot more attractive.  As a pedestrian it’s now a pleasing place to be. Winckley Square has been re-modelled … Continue reading

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