Preston pound unveiled for weekend’s celebrations

The Preston Pound, featuring Sir Tom Finney
The Preston Pound, featuring Sir Tom Finney
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Preston’s very own currency will be dished out to punters in the city this weekend.

The annual Prestfest celebration returns on Friday and organisers have created the ‘Preston Pound’ which competition entrants can win over the weekend and spend in the city.

On Friday night competitions will be held across 20 venues in the city centre and partygoers can win a share of £1,000 in Preston Pounds.

And on Saturday a mobile cash machine will hit the streets and revellers who enter a winning pin number will win £50 worth of Preston Pounds.

On Saturday there’s £500 of the city’s currency up for grabs.

The Preston Pound has been created especially for the event and the pound note features Sir Tom Finney.

Preston’s Business Improvement District organises the annual event and has introduced the Preston Pound to ensure that winnings are spent in the city.

Mark Whittle from Preston Bid said: “It’s about giving the money away but keeping it in the local economy.

“The money has come from the businesses so will go back to the businesses.”

Organisers will be able to see where the money is spent, whether partygoers use it in the venue they win or spend it at their favourite nightspot.

The initiative is just one of the things BID is doing to support the local economy.

It is currently running a ‘Purple Pass’ scheme for the nighttime economy workers who can get discounted food or drink when they finish work. This could possibly be rolled out to the general public.

The mobile cash machine, dubbed the Bank of BID, will be stopping off at various locations on Church Street and Friargate on Saturday night.

For more information about Prestfest see page 29.