- The population of Preston is estimated at 129,000
- The first Kentucky Fried Chicken shop in the UK was opened in Preston
in 1965. New drive-thru opens 2000 located on the Riversway complex.
- The town's (City's) bus station is one of the largest in Europe.(maybe
demolished as part of a redevelopment site).
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Butch did emanate from Preston
and is said that the spoke with a "Lanky" twang. Born Robert
LeRoy Parker in Beaver, Utah on April 13, 1866, Cassidy wa the first
of 13 children. His Mormon parents had come to Utah from England in
1856, his father came from Preston. http://www.utah.com/adventures/old_west/butch_cassidy.htm
- Preston is said to be the place where the Temperance movement started.
Preston has added at least one word to the English language - Teetotal
. This came from a meeting held at the old Temperance Hall in 1833.
"Teetotal, as applied to abstinence from all intoxicating liquors"
- The mill lockouts in the 1800's when a third of the town was
out of work formed the basis of Charles Dickens' Hard Times. He was
a reporter and stayed the Bull & Royal on Church Street.
- The Preston bypass, the M6, was the first motorway constructed in
the country. Read more detail.
- The first concrete road was built in Preston, at Hutton, near the
- North End were the first club to win the league and cup double, in
1888, the league's first year. Plus they did it without losing a league
game or conceding a Cup goal.
- Wallace and Grommet are from Preston. (Well Nick Parks is)
- Another first for Preston I believe is that the Preston Constabulary
in 1963 bought six Morris minor panda cars, 3 white and three blue and
swapped the doors from the white onto the blue and vice versa This then
created the two tone colour panda cars that were evident up and down
the country, thus Preston were the first to use this. From: Andrew
- Another famous person that came from Preston was `Sopie Mcdonnell`
from Precious the pop group, the ones that entered the 1999 Eurovision
song contest, if you want anymore info on them send Lee an email.From:
Lee Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
- The black horse pub on Friargate is the only pub with 3 public entrances/exits
on 3 different streets.
- The row of public telephones along the side of the Post Office is
the longest continuos row of the old style red kiosks anywhere in the
country. From: gav email@example.com
- The first Mormons outside America were baptised in the River Ribble
in Avenham Park - On 30th July 1837, a Mormon missionary, Elder Kimball,
baptised nine converts. Since no Preston clergyman would allow the baptism
in church, the site by the river was chosen. From: gav firstname.lastname@example.org
Also Read a tail of the Mormons visit.
- Preston North End hold the record for the highest ever score in English
football, defeating Hyde united 26-0 in the FA Cup 1st Round 15 October
1887. Player Jimmy Ross scored 7 goals in that game - a record still
unequalled. From: gav email@example.com
- In 1886 PNE’s ‘keeper Arthur Wharton became the first black player
in English professional football. From: gav firstname.lastname@example.org
- In 1922 goalkeeper JF Mitchell became the first and last player to
wear glasses in an FA Cup Final . From: gav email@example.com
- Other famous Prestonians also include John Inman (Mr Humphries in
'Are You Being Served'), and Roy Barraclough (Alec Gilroy from Coronation
Street - and long-time side-kick of Les Dawson). From: gav firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jessica from Liberty X is from Penwortham, Preston.
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Major Annual Events:
Easter egg rolling down the hill in the park. This is on Easter Monday.
Caribbean Carnival in May.
Town Criers competition in May.
Music Festival in June.
Maritime Festival in July down at the Riversway complex. (Did not be take
place in 2000)
Preston Pot Fair in August.
Historical Fayre in September.
Christmas Parade & Torchlight Procession in December.
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Useful Telephone numbers:
Tourist Information Centre...........................01772-253731
Harris Museum & Art Gallery.......................01772-253248
Guild Hall & Charter Theatre box office.........01772-258858
Leisure Services office...................................01772-203456
Lancashire Evening Post (local paper)............01772-880173
Royal Preston Hospital.............................01772-716565
Copyright © 1996, Rob O'Gara : email@example.com : First issued 3rd