Campaigners fighting to save Preston Bus Station from demolition are to parade through the city.
The Save Preston Bus Station group intend to display a new banner, made by the acclaimed artist Ed Hall, during a midday procession on Saturday, October 26.
Activist John Wilson said he had held discussions with Preston Council and Lancashire County Council about applying for road closures for the event next month.
However, he said the cost of such a parade could run into thousands of pounds, so the group may instead walk from the Assembly in Lune Street up Fishergate to Preston Flag Market.
He said: “We are really keen to get the people of Preston to back the campaign. Many people have written to the Evening Post in support of saving the station and we want these people to come down on the day.
“It will be a celebration of the bus station. We’re looking to get brass bands, boys brigades, scout groups, guides, all local groups involved.”
The Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is yet to decide on an English Heritage application to make the bus station a listed building, which is opposed by Preston Council.
It wants to work with Lancashire County Council on a new bus terminal for the site.
Mr Hall, a banner maker for trade unions, protest groups and artists, including the Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, created the flag for free. It bears a picture of the building, the group’s title and the phrase ‘heritage not demolition’.
Professor Charles Quick, from UCLan’s School of Art, Design and Performance, coordinated the banner project.
He said: “Ed Hall contacted the Save Preston Bus Station website after he had visited Preston when working on a job for a teaching trade union.
“He was so taken by the bus station and knew it was under threat so he offered to make the banner for free.
“He makes very beautiful banners and I thought it was very generous of him to do that. If you’ve got a banner it seems like you should have some sort of parade!
“The banner instigated that idea – it has been a catalyst in that sense. We want it to be an inclusive event because the bus station has 56,000 people using it every day.
“It’s a really important part of the city’s infrastructure.”
For more details of the parade visit www.facebook.com/saveprestonbusstation.