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Delay to Rail Electrification to Manchester

Network Rail announced that electric services on the route from Preston to Manchester have been delayed to December 2018 from May 2018, 7 months.   Diesel services will continue but the line will be closed at weekends until September.  Weekend Rail … 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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Preston based artist wins Turner Prize

The prestigious Tate Gallery has awarded its prestigious Turner Award 2017 to Lubaina Himid, Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston. The winning work is described on the Tate website as ‘ Inspired by William Hogarth’s Marriage … 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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Booths Supermarket Deal or No Deal

Big surprise that Booths Supermarket, headquartered in Preston, is said to be up for sale.  After last year’s loss some have speculated that a buy out, perhaps by Waitrose, could be on the cards.   The company says it’s one option … 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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Preston’s Streets Get Fully Dressed at the Harris

Street’s of Change and Preston Street Style are the names of two of the autumn exhibitions at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston. Both exhibitions were officially opened at 5pm on Wednesday 11th  October and on the same … Continue reading

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Big Transport Upgrades Around Preston

Transport matters have heated up around Preston with both road and rail having big upgrades. On the train the electrification to Manchester and Blackpool is going into its final phase in November with the closure of the line to Blackpool … Continue reading

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Lytham 1940s Weekend – 19/20 August 2017 – Saturday Report

Following from the Lytham Festival is the Lytham 1940s Weekend.  The Green taken over by the event, plus the shops getting into the mood with staff dressed in the style. Here are some of our photos from the first part … Continue reading

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Preston North End 8th in the Championship

After 40 games out of 46 on the 6th April PNE are within striking distance of the play-offs. Let’s record this position as a sign of a good season and well done to the players, manager and owner.  Three of … Continue reading

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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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Fulwood Barracks to be closed

Grade 2 listed Fulwood Barracks, one of the few intact from its time, is to be closed as a barracks.   This follows a property revue by the Ministry of Defence who are to close several other older and smaller … Continue reading

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Victorian Slum

In October on BBC2 a four part re-enactment of life in an East London Victorian Slum through 1860 to 1890.  Hard to believe this was only 120 years ago.  Living hand-to-mouth with no income for no work and no health provision. … Continue reading

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Museum of Lancashire On Ice

The Museum of Lancashire in Stanley Street closes on the 30th September except for school visits.  Negotiations are underway with a group who could re-open it in the new year. Other Lancashire County Council operated museums in a similar situation … Continue reading

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Winckley Square Restoration Visit

Winckley Square is being restored and work is well underway.  Paths are being resurfaced and a direction marker will be placed in the centre pointing to items of historical interest around the square.  The Peel statue will be cleaned and … Continue reading

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Winckley Square, Covered Market and Harris Museum

Several interesting projects are moving ahead in Preston as reported only 2 months ago and now we have 3 more with progress to report. Work has started to restore Winckley Square which will have as its main feature a lit walkway … Continue reading

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