Scores of people turned out in Preston to celebrate the end of a successful campaign to save the city’s bus station.
A giant model of the iconic bus station’s sweeping curves was carried through the town during a parade on Saturday.
The procession, organised by the Save Preston Bus Station group, celebrated the Government’s decision to grant the building Grade II listed status.
Preston Council has now gone back on its plan to demolish the 44-year-old structure and hopes to find County Hall and lottery funding to refurbish the station.
On Saturday, scores of supporters of the campaign marched through Preston with a brass band to celebrate the campaign’s success.
Save Preston Bus Station campaigner John Wilson said: “We have brought the curtain down on our campaign, because at the end of the day we have achieved what we set out to do. This is a fitting conclusion and we have had lots of support. I am so grateful to the public – they have kept me going.” The parade, which also featured a woven banner made by the acclaimed artist Ed Hall, featured the work of Gate 81, a collaboration between Preston’s creative arts group They Eat Culture (TEC) and Manchester School of Architecture.
Their giant model of the bus station was carried through the street from Lune Street to the Flag Market, where Mr Wilson addressed supporters.
He particularly thanked the media for their support, putting the bus station fight on the national stage.
He said afterwards that although the bus station had been saved, his group was keen to work with the council to seek a way forward.
The council is looking at various options, including using the land in and around the bus station.
It says it wants the bus station to be a “modern and accessible” building, and fully integrate it with the city centre.