Children enjoy a party fit for the Queen

The Queen’s coronation was the talking point of 1953.

An Atkinson eight wheeler

Days of long distance lorry drivers

There’s a phrase we hardly hear anymore, ‘long distance lorry driver’.

Grunge lost a legend in this year

1994: A look back at the big stories

This week in 1994, Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died in a New-York City hospital four days after suffering a stroke. He was 81.

75 years of wedded bliss for James and Ethel Burrow

Love is everlasting for James Burrow and his wife Ethel.
Action Records owner Gordon Gibson looking forward to Record Store Day at his shop on Church Street, Preston

City’s Action Records in tune for Record Store Day

If you see a queue stretching up Preston’s Church Street this Saturday it will mean one thing is Record Store Day.

Easter egg making at Beechs Chocolate Factory, Fletcher Road, Preston

Inside Preston's real life Willy Wonka's

As you devour those chocolate eggs you may give some thought to where they came from, local historian Keith Johnson reports
Easter at Avenham Park at the turn of the last century Photo: British Film Institute

Easter Egg rolling in Preston 150 years ago

Work was still taking place to create Avenham Park, in Preston when revellers descended to roll their Easter eggs 150 years ago.
Chocolate production at Beechs Chocolates, in Preston

Sweet history of Preston’s chocolate makers

With the arrival of Easter thoughts turn towards the Easter egg rolling extravaganza on Preston’s Avenham Park. As you devour those chocolate eggs you may give some thought to where they came from. Keith Johnson reports.


APRIL 1987: Crowds brave the rain for Princess Diana

Thirty years ago this month crowds turned out as a very special visitor jetted into Preston for a fleeting tour of the town
Thomas Whalley who was born in Chorley in about 1892. He was a member of 10th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Finding Thomas Whalley...

The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment is hoping to trace living relatives of Thomas Whalley who served in the First World War to return his 1914/15 Star.

Brothers Sgt Walter Brown, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, and Ln Corp Charles Brown, East Lancashire Regiment.

Remarkable story of seven brothers who went to war

The largest set of brothers to fight in the First World War are believed to be from Preston. For the first time ever Mike Hill tells the story of the Fighting Browns

Loyal North Lancashire Regimental Memorial pictured on the spot where the soldiers fought at Diyalah. Today it stands in the British Military Cemetery at Baghdad

Forgotten story of extraordinary First World War heroism

Thanks to the classic film Zulu, most people know of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, when British soldiers in South Africa defended their post against raging warriors for a day and a night.
Michael Barretts graphic novel: Preston North End  The Rise of the Invincibles

Invincible team's march into football’s history books

It is 129 years tomorrow since the greatest date in the history of Preston North End when they completed the league and cup double. Author Michael Barrett’s new graphic novel celebrates the glorious Invincibles
One of Garstang's best known residents, journalist Pat Seed, founded the Pat Seed Appeal which for many years became one of the best known charities in Britain.

Forty years on: The Pat Seed Fund remembered

She was one in a million - and touched the hearts of the nation with her courage, determination and tenacity.
Joseph Blackburn should never have been sent to war

Death of a conscript who should never have gone to war

Joseph Blackburn was tragically sent to war despite twice being exempted from military service, writes David Hewitt

Francis Thompson pictured in 1893, five years after Jack the Rippers spree

Was Jack the Ripper a poet born in Preston?

A new book makes the sensational claim that Jack the Ripper was a poet from Preston. Mike Hill reports

Maureen is a good example of how beautiful the Doulton ladies are.  �55

Royal Doulton figures an ideal gift for Mother’s Day

Antiques expert Allan Blackburn takes a look at Royal Doulton figures...

George Kelly

Convict’s cameo at trial led to man being hanged for killing

Local historian Keith Johnson looks back at a tragic miscarriage of justice...

Eddie Calvert, the man with the golden trumpet

Glory days of the man with the golden trumpet

It’s 95 years since one of Preston’s finest musicians and the man behind the first ever Number One single was born.

Firefighters tackling the town hall blaze in the early hours of March 15, 1947

Night flames tore through city’s finest landmark

One of the most significant events in the history of Preston took place 70 years ago.

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