Discover town’s heritage

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A history lecture about popular entertainment in Preston from 1850 to 1950 will give a fascinating insight into the town’s cultural heritage this week.

‘From Gin Palace to the Kings Palace’, by David Hindle is part of an exhibition at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre in Leyland about life in the area in the 1950s.

The Way We Worked exhibition features a host of official photographs of the Trades Procession from the 1952 Preston Guild.

The photos, which are on loan from Winter & Kidson Multi-Media and the Harris Museum, Preston, also reveal a very different town centre from the present day.

Among them are images of Trade Procession floats entered by local companies such as the Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Company, Leyland Motors and numerous textile firms.

The Way We Worked exhibition runs until 27 October with the talk taking place at 2pm on Thursday. South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-4pm; Thursdays 1pm-4pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm.