Preston Guild book takes it place among 600 years of history

pride: Councillors Ken Hudson, Bill Shannon, Carl Crompton and Jonathan Saksena (left to right) with the book and, below, an illuminated page of the book
pride: Councillors Ken Hudson, Bill Shannon, Carl Crompton and Jonathan Saksena (left to right) with the book and, below, an illuminated page of the book
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Beautiful illustrated book created by local calligrapher to mark 2012’s special event.

The pomp, circumstance and celebrations of Preston’s 2012 Guild have been captured in a new book.

A page from the 2012 Guild Book, produced for Preston City Council by illustrator and calligrapher Robin Utracik

A page from the 2012 Guild Book, produced for Preston City Council by illustrator and calligrapher Robin Utracik

The official 2012 Guild Book has been completed and is now on display at the Harris Museum.

The illustrated book will then take its place in the Lancashire Archives alongside the other Guild books and Guild rolls which date back to 1397.

The most recent book was produced by illustrator and calligrapher Robin Utracik, of Northern Studios in Bamber Bridge.

It contains lists of the councillors and burgesses involved in the 2012 celebrations, as well as illustrations of Preston landmarks, Guild events and a watercolour portrait of Council Carl Crompton, who was Mayor of Preston during the Guild year.

Current mayor Nick Pomfret said: “Many of the previous Guild Books are beautiful works of art in their own right, and this record of the 2012 Guild is no exception.

“Robin has done a fantastic job and I’m sure this will bring back many wonderful memories of what was a brilliant occasion in Preston’s recent history.”

The 2012 celebrations included civic parades, festivals, music events and weekend-long family celebrations.

Among the more lasting legacies of the event is the Guild Wheel, a cycle path going around Preston.

Preston has celebrated Guild events since being granted its first Royal Charter in 1179. Guild Courts were held from the 1300s and the first Guild roll was made in 1397.