SD5429 : Preston Guild Trades Procession 2012 (006) - BAE Systems

taken 6 years ago, near to Preston, Lancashire, Great Britain

Preston Guild Trades Procession 2012 (006) - BAE Systems
Preston Guild Trades Procession 2012 (006) - BAE Systems
The back of the BAE Systems float and which included a model of their Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.
Preston Guild Trades Procession 2012
Preston is the last place in the UK to have preserved the traditional Guild celebrations. It only happens once every twenty years, so the next will be in 2032. Preston was granted the right to have a guild merchant by King Henry II in 1179 and also received its first Royal Charter that year.

The Guild was an organisation of traders, craftsmen and merchants. It had the monopoly of trade in Preston. Only its members were allowed to carry out their craft or business. The practice of celebrating the Guild is known to go back to at least 1397, but could be much earlier. The Trades Procession can be definitely traced back to 1762, but again this could have originated earlier.

Today the celebrations carry on for a week or so and include many different processions, and events including musical ones.

The Trades Procession included around 100 floats plus bands, dancers and other participants. It took about two hours to pass by. This series of photographs, a selection of the more interesting parts of the procession, was taken from a temporary seated stand in Earl Street.
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P L Chadwick   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 1 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 6 September, 2012
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City, Town centre  People, Events 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 540 295 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:45.6212N 2:41.9442W
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