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Two major free festivals are to be held in Preston to bridge the gap until the city’s next Guild celebrations.

Today Town Hall bosses have confirmed they are directing their own events budgets towards a series of events in the summer and winter months in coming years. They will take place at venues including the Flag Market, the main high streets and parks.

But the Avenham and Miller Parks (pictured) will be given an extended break, with fewer events held there this year this year.

The annual Caribbean Carnival, Mela and Riversway Festival celebrations will go ahead as usual, but the council will not be handing them any of its own £30,000-a-year events budget.

Instead, those festivals will be funded from other outside cash sources, while the council concentrates on promoting its new festivals, aiming to build up to the next Guild spectacular.

Coun Tom Burns, the council’s cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “The Guild showed us people in Preston have a hunger for events, but we cannot wait until 2032 for the next big thing to happen.

“This is about keeping the legacy of the Guild events alive.”