Preston Town Hall will throw open its doors to kick off a weekend of heritage interest.
The Town Hall, which was built in 1933 by formerly unemployed craftsmen at the height of the great depression, will be opening its doors and vaults for the first time, showing off the city’s precious regalia, mayoral chains and historic rooms on September 14.
And to celebrate, readers are being asked to send in pictures of the current Town Hall being built or from its early years, to be displayed as part of the opening day.
The Mayor of Preston, Councillor Veronica Afrin, said: “I feel privileged to be able to show off the wonderful historical treasures to the people of Preston.
“I am very proud and lucky to be mayor of such a historical city.
“The current Town Hall, previously known as the municipal building is a wonderful space with many stories to tell. We are asking for people who have old pictures of the current Town Hall, either being built or as it stands from its early years, to loan them so they can be added to the display.
“The pictures I have seen so far are amazing.”
Over the weekend of September 14 and 15 a number of Preston’s buildings will be open to the public, including the Lancashire Infantry museum, the Lancashire Archives and the P.C Carpets and Beds building with it Hidden art nouveau-tiled bathroom.
The mayor continued: “As well as the Town Hall, Preston’s proud and valuable civic heritage will be on display – from the gold mayoral chains to ceremonial swords and silver mace presented to Preston in the 1700s.”
The open day is free, however you will need to register for a ticket as there are a limited number of spaces. Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk or call 01772 253731 to register for a ticket.
Please send any you have to Town Hall, Lancaster Road,Preston, PR1 2RL marked for the attention of Adrian Philips or call 01772 906230.
The event starts at 10am and there will be guided tours around the council chambers at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.