20 pictures of crowds in Preston that look strange now after a year of lockdown

More than a third of adults will continue to avoid crowded places once the Covid-19 pandemic is over, new figures suggest.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 7:00 am
Preston North End v Leeds United - Tuesday 22nd October 2019 - Deepdale Stadium

Some 38% of people in the UK said they were more likely to avoid crowds in the future than they were before the pandemic began, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

We had a look back at when we were all happy to get up close and personal, and we've found they can look a little odd now:

The crowd gathers at the HMV store on Fishergate, Preston for the appearance of the Rock FM DJs in August 1998

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Williams Fairey Brass Band plays Acid House at the Harris Museum, Preston, in April 2017
Promoter Rob Denwood and MC Lee Watson, both from Morecambe, with the crowd at the 'Dance Decades' event at Preston Guild Hall in 2016
The annual Lancashire Market on Friargate, Preston, attracted a bumper crowd over the Easter weekend of Saturday March 26, 2016.
Fans pay tribute to Sir Tom Finney on the seventh minute during the Preston North End v Leyton Orient Sky Bet League One match at Deepdale in 2014
Preston BID's Purple Party on the Flag Market, Preston on 31st January 2016
Preston North End's Tom Clarke is carried around the pitch on fans shoulders as they celebrate after the final whistle after the Preston v Chesterfield Sky Bet League One Semi-Final Second Leg in May 2015
Pictured are the crowds enjoying the fun by performers Mr Yipadee and Alex Winters from CBeebies during Egg Roliing at Avenham Park Easter Fun Day in April 2015
Timmy Mallet entertains the crowds in Preston on Bank holiday August 26th 1991
Crowds gather for passion play across Preston City Centre in 1991
Preston Christmas Lights Switch On, November 2012
The civic party and first Guild Proclamation to officailly open the 2012 Preston Guild
Preston Guild Churches Procession in 2012
Shoppers crowd onto Fishergate, Preston, to search the Boxing Day sales in 2011
Preston Grasshoppers on Bonfire Night in 2011
The Queen and Prince Philip meet the crowds during their visit to Preston in 2002
Rockprest in Moor Park, Preston in 2017
McFly concert held at the Guild Hall, Preston in 2007
Fans celebrate PNE's promotion on the Flag Market in 2000