Preston Goes to War

From the echo of rousing recruitment speeches to the footsteps of soldiers marching off to war, to tanks rolling into town for the war effort, Preston’s Flag Market played a key role in World War 1. As part of Heritage Open Weekend, Preston Remembers marked the beginning of this incredible history 100 years on.

– The Lancashire Hussars and their horses arrived to explain their uniform and the role they played during WW1.

– There was a “Walk and Talk” tour to find out about the city’s connections with the war with Emma Heslewood, Curator of History at the Harris and John Garlington, local historian.

Storyteller, Richard O’Neill was in the Harris Children’s Library. His stories took his audience back to 1914 when children had to say goodbye as their fathers, brothers and uncles  were recruited in the services; children got the chance to make a dolly peg toy, as those children would have done 100 years ago.

– Leyland Band’s 10 piece ensemble, one of the finest brass ensembles in the world, played evoking the farewell bands of the era through music that a generation marched to war to.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Preston Memorial Challenge

As we mark the centenary of the First World War, people are remembering the losses suffered in their families and communities. War memorials are a moving tribute to this loss. They link the past to the present, enabling people to remember the sacrifice of those who fought and died.

In Preston, there are over 100 war memorials to the First World War in all shapes, sizes and venues. Each is unique and represents that community’s chosen method of remembrance. Each deserves to be cherished and preserved.

The Preston Remembers Memorial Challenge is bringing together local communities, families and volunteers to care for this vital part of our heritage.

You can help us to do this…

With the help of our Challenge Volunteers, we can share the great work that has already been done, help you find out more and ensure the memorials and the stories they hold are preserved for ever.

We also have a small amount of funding to put towards the care and maintenance of those memorials most in need.

To find out more about the project, how to get involved or how to apply for funding contact Claire Selby at or 01772 906880

Friday, September 12, 2014