Queen will be given copy of Guild record

Guild stars: The Official Record of the Guild will recall the planning and celebrations
Guild stars: The Official Record of the Guild will recall the planning and celebrations
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The Queen is one of 50 people who will receive a free copy of a book marking the 2012 Guild celebrations.

The Official Record of the 2012 Guild, a book to commemorate the year’s events, looks set to be available by April next year.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

In total 250 copies of the book will be made, with 50 complimentary copies given to dignitaries, volunteers and sponsors.

The 250 copies will cost Preston Council £7,597 to produce.

The Queen will receive a copy because she was made an Honorary Patron of the Guild.

Others set to receive a free copy include Preston’s Guild Mayor, Coun Carl Crompton, the Guild’s Festival Director, Stella Hall and the Vice Chancellor of UCLan, Malcolm McVicar. Ten copies will also be kept for archives.

The remaining 200 copies will be put up for sale for £15.

Guild Mayor of Preston, Coun Carl Crompton, said: “In keeping with another Guild tradition, an official record of the planning and celebrations of the 2012 Preston Guild is proposed.

“When complete the record will be on sale, but the council also chooses a number of dignitaries to receive a copy, including this year’s Honorary Patron, Her Majesty the Queen.

“This is a lasting legacy of a fantastic people’s Guild and a keepsake of all our wonderful memories.”

Upto and including the 1972 Guild, the main purpose was to help the organisers of the next Guild and to provide a summary of historical events for the archives.

In 1992 the decision was made to publish a record that would appeal more widely to put on public sale.

The 2012 Official Record will be produced in house for sale through the Visitor Information Centre and the Harris outlets.

Preston Council’s Guild Committee will meet on Tuesday where they look set to approve plans for the publication and sale of the Official Record.