Preston People’ Festival’s homage to past heroes

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Crowds gathered at Preston People’ Festival over the weekend to celebrate the city’s past industrial might.

The brand new one-day community festival saw folk flock to the Flag Market, Lune Street, and Winckley Square to witness a range of contrasting and complimentary events.

Preston hosted its annual People's Festival in the Flag Market and Church Street. Sonnenberg on stage.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 30-9-2017

Preston hosted its annual People's Festival in the Flag Market and Church Street. Sonnenberg on stage. PIC BY ROB LOCK 30-9-2017

One of the festival organisers, Janet Newsham, said: “We had such a good day. It was nice to see people coming to the Flag Market to watch the different acts.”

The aim of the event was to celebrate the ‘people’s heroes’ of the past. Winckley Square saw the return of the city’s suffragettes, an homage to Edith Rigby who set up St Peter’s School in 1899, allowing girls to meet and continue with their education beyond the age of 11.

The Flag Market treated the public to live music from the likes of Worldwise Samba and Preston People’s Choir.

There was also a street performance of the 1842 Lune Street protest, when people took to the streets to protest at wage cuts of up to 25 per cent.

Rob Gregson and Charlotte Berry from the Tin Can People Theatre Company perform a 19th Century political discussion Photos: ROB LOCK

Rob Gregson and Charlotte Berry from the Tin Can People Theatre Company perform a 19th Century political discussion Photos: ROB LOCK

Festival goers were invited to don fancy dress.

Suffragettes Councillor Lynne Wallace (left) and Janet Newsham

Suffragettes Councillor Lynne Wallace (left) and Janet Newsham

Preston hosted its annual People's Festival in the Flag Market and Church Street. Preston People's Choir on stage.

Preston hosted its annual People's Festival in the Flag Market and Church Street. Preston People's Choir on stage.

Preston hosted its annual People's Festival in the Flag Market and Church Street. Sadeya Callaghan from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association working on a henna tattoo.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 30-9-2017

Preston hosted its annual People's Festival in the Flag Market and Church Street. Sadeya Callaghan from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association working on a henna tattoo. PIC BY ROB LOCK 30-9-2017

Preston hosted its annual People's Festival in the Flag Market and Church Street. Enjoying one of the performances.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 30-9-2017

Preston hosted its annual People's Festival in the Flag Market and Church Street. Enjoying one of the performances. PIC BY ROB LOCK 30-9-2017