These were the scenes in Preston on the hottest day of 2021 so far as lockdown restrictions ease

Preston folk made the most of the sunny weather by hitting the parks on the hottest day of the year so far yesterday.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 9:20 am
These were the scenes in Preston on the hottest day of 2021 so far as lockdown restrictions ease

This week people were given more freedom, including being able to meet friends and play sport outdoors, as lockdown restrictions were relaxed across the county.

Our photographer, Neil Cross, was out and about around Preston to see how the day went as temperatures reached 20C.

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Enjoying the sun in Rivington.
Moor Park proved to be a popular destination.
Happy times in Rivington.
A first outing for the sun hat? Pictured in Avenham and Miller Park.
A spot of tightrope walking going on in Avenham and Miller Park.
A family bike ride in the sun,
Sitting along the embankment of the River Ribble in Avenham and Miller Park.
Fun in the sun.
Hanging around at Go Ape.
That looks like really hard work.
Picnic time!
Great to see sport being played again.