City Tours Launch

On Saturday 7th November 2015 Preston Remembers programme of city tours will be launching with a piece of thought provoking and powerful street theatre.

The piece will introduce three Preston people who experienced World War 1 in very different ways.

Joseph Garstang – a market gardener, personal trainer and conscientious objector, who said; “I’m not training these lads up to be cannon fodder.” Imprisoned and force fed 38 times, he stuck to his principles, but finished the war a broken man.

John Gregson – born on the same streets as Joseph, he was orphaned at an early age and went on to join the army before the war. One of the first to be called up when the war started, he was killed in the trenches in June 1915, leaving behind a wife and three children.

Beatrice Blackhurst – a mother and campaigner who was part of the committee that set up the Preston Station Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Free Buffet. An advocate for children’s and women’s rights, she passionately worked for what she believed in throughout her life.

Be one of the first to take a guided tour on the 14th and 15th of Nov by booking on here.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

St Mary’s Men

On Tuesday That’s Lancashire visited the St Marys men project at Museum of Lancashire to film a piece about the volunteer research project , based on the WW1 war memorial in Lancashire Conservation Studios. This has been a fantastic project involving 17 volunteers. The footage includes interviews from David Casserly the project co-ordinator, volunteer researchers Alan Woods and Charlie Hooper and descendent of one of the soldiers, Cliff Gregson. Cliff hadn’t known that there was a memorial including his grandfather, John Gregson’s name until he heard about the project, so it was wonderful that we were able let him know that his grandfather hadn’t been missed or forgotten.

You can see the film here



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Preston Remembers Films

On the 1st of October we launched a film that documents the first half of the Preston Remembers project. The film made by Triptych Arts tells the story of the project so far. To see the film you can link through to see the film here.

Thursday, October 22, 2015