10 reasons it is actually pretty fantastic to live and work in Preston

A cyclist passes through Avenham Park, Preston, Lancs., on a warm and sunny day in the Lancashire city. Britain is preparing for an taste of summer this weekend with temperatures of more than 26C (79F) forecast for parts of the country. 5 May 2016.

A cyclist passes through Avenham Park, Preston, Lancs., on a warm and sunny day in the Lancashire city. Britain is preparing for an taste of summer this weekend with temperatures of more than 26C (79F) forecast for parts of the country. 5 May 2016.

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(In no particular order but starting with beer..)

1. The average price of a pint of beer in Preston is £3.27, as opposed to the national average of £3.46 and London average £3.92 (Figures provided by Good Pub Guide 2016)

2. Preston has some of the best transport links in the country. The M6 motorway provides a direct artery to north and south and by train you can be in London in two hours 15 minutes and Glasgow in two hours 20 minutes.

3. You can be at several beautiful and vibrant seaside resorts within an hour including Lytham St Annes, Fleetwood, Morecambe and Blackpool.

4. Preston is a city with a green heart, boasting multiple parks including Avenham, Miller, Moor, Ribbleton, Ashton, Haslam, Mill Lane, Winckley.. among others.

5. The potato man (no more explanation needed.)

6. Average house prices in Preston area some of the cheapest in the country at around £145,000 with Fulwood at £175,000 and nearby Penwortham £179,000. This year London average house prices have exceeded £600,000. (Figures, Rightmove)

7. The city boasts a jigsaw of fascinating architecture including churches. Its turbulent past as a cotton mill town is marked by literature, including as inspiration for Charles Dicken’s Hard Times.

8. Preston is a fantastic place to be a student, with one of the fastest growing universities (UCLAN), Preston’s College, Cardinal Newman College and a fantastic choice of vibrant schools on its doorstep.

9. Preston has the only Guild still celebrated in the UK - making it truly unique. Celebrated every 20 years, it dates back to 1179 sharing a heritage of more than 800 years. Each event leaves it’s own legacy - including the Guild Wheel cycle route.

10. Butter pie. This savoury delight (consisting mainly of potato and onion) is thought to originate in Preston where it was created for workers from the predominantly Catholic community to consume on days when meat was not eaten (mainly Fridays). They are traditionally served at Preston North End’s Deepdale Stadium and there was outrage when this briefly ceased in 2007.

11. Ok, this is cheeky extra but we couldn’t go without mentioning the legendary late Sir Tom Finney and his PNE legacy..