Best of Britannia event set for Preston return

LAUNCH: Wayne Hemingway with UCLan students at the Best of Britannia event
LAUNCH: Wayne Hemingway with UCLan students at the Best of Britannia event
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A pop-up department store that captured the imagination of the public in Preston last weekend looks set to make a return to the city.

Around 3,000 people flocked to the three-day Best of Britannia event at the former Post Office in the city centre.

We haven’t had time for a debrief yet, but we would certainly consider coming back to Preston. We hoped it would work – and it did.

Antony Wallis

It was the first time the high-profile BoB event had taken place in the north.

Delighted organisers tweeted yesterday: “Thanks to all of the fantastic UK makers for a superb #BOBNorth launch in #Preston, we’ve had a blast!

“We salute you!”

Organisers are already considering a second BoB North next year.

Co-founder of Best of Britannia Antony Wallis said the event and the venue had proved a wonderful experience.

He said: “We haven’t had time for a debrief yet, but we would certainly consider coming back to Preston. We hoped it would work – and it did.”

Reaction from visitors and exhibitors was also positive.

Preston’s Harris Museum tweeted: “We had a fantastic time. Great to meet our visitors – and new visitors too!”

Creative Lancashire tweeted: “BIG THANKS to all exhibitors/organisers/partners+public who made #BOBNorth so special.”

Source Creative said: “Another great day at @bestbritannia #BOBnorth. Great exhibitors in a unique space. Hope there’s another next year.”

Beverley Wood Design tweeted: “A huge thank you to everyone we met at #BOBNorth. We had a fantastic time.”

BoB North showcased the best in British design with a host of inspiring exhibitors, all championed by Lancashire-born top designer Wayne Hemingway. BoB North kept fashion enthusiasts happy with an array of beautifully crafted apparel, footwear and accessories, as well as hosting an array of home brands and many other exhibitors including scooter manufacturers and pop-up restaurants.

Preston railway station was also host to a buzz of activity and pop-up stalls in the run-up to the event.

BOB North worked in partnership on the Preston event with Marketing Lancashire, Preston City Council, Virgin Trains and UCLan.