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01 September 2012
On each of the three Saturdays before the celebrations of the main Guild period crowds will pack into the Market Square to join in a tradition which gives them a direct link with medieval Preston, to hear the proclamations that a Guild is to be held.
The regalia party, carrying the superb civic regalia of the ancient borough of Preston, will lead the Guild Mayor, dressed in full ceremonial robes, and the civic party, onto the steps of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.
After a fanfare of trumpets and at 10.30am precisely there will be a call for silence with “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!” so that the Clerk of the Guild can read the proclamation. The Guild Mayor will address the crowd, bringing the focus back to the Guild of 2012.
Before and after the pomp and ceremony, the crowd will be entertained with music and street theatre to build anticipation for the Trades Procession which will reach the city centre around 12 noon on this day.
The Final Proclamation takes place on Saturday 1st September at 10am.
Leave M6, jct 31 to Preston. Follow signs to city centre, park in bus station car park. From car park follow signs to city centre and Guild Hall. Walk through Guild Hall shopping arcade. At the exit on Lancaster Road you will see the rear of the Harris Museum building opposite you and to the left. Walk to the front of the Museum, and you will be in Market Square!
Public Transport Directions
From Preston train station, leave by ticket office exit and walk up concourse. Turn right onto Fishergate and carry straight on until you reach Boots. Turn left onto Market Square and the Harris is on your right. Approx 10min walk .
By bus, alight at Preston Bus station and follow signs to city centre/Guild Hall. From Guild Hall see road directions above.
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