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Preston Guild 1952: The first post-war guild

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Preston's '52 guild was particularly special because it was the first guild after the Second World War.

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Preston's 1942 guild had been cancelled due to the war but when the 1952 guild finally came, it was, according to Brian Saul, the man who gave us these excellent photos: '[an] opportunity [...] for people to throw off the repression of World War Two and the rationing which was still in place in 1952'.

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These photos show Mr Saul in his youth when he headed St Andrew's church choir in the procession. 

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Click photos for full size.

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Guild 52

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Above: St Andrew's choir alongside the cenotaph.

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Guild 52

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Above: Overview of participants assembling for Avenham Park's 1952 service to celebrate the guild.

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Guild 52

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Above: St Andrew's Sunday school followed by the choir, which had recently won the Blackpool Music Festival.

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Guild 52

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Above: Great view of the parade and the crowd in 1952, with Mr Saul on the left.

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Guild 52

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Above: Photo taken on Avenham Park. Mr Saul holds the cross.

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Thanks!

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Many thanks to Brian Saul for giving us permission to put these great photos online.

Comments (7)
1952 Preston Guild
1 Monday, 09 July 2012 19:54
Mrs Olwen Broadbent
I found my brother, Harold Billington, on Brian's photos. The blond on the left! He is in South Africa. My sister and I walked in St,Andrew Youth CLub procession carrying a banner. It was a wonderful day.We, Irene and I, are coming for a few days to see the processions this year. I hope we meet up with old friends and acquaintances. We were the Billingtons of Aldwych Drive, Ashton-on-Ribble.
Photos of St Andrews choir
2 Monday, 09 July 2012 20:00
Irene Taylor(nee BIllington)
Lovely to see these photos of the choir in the Guild of 1952 especially as my brother Harold is easily recognisable! I have sent a copy to S. Africa but my sister Olwen and I will be in Preston for the Guild and will be on the flag-market stand for the Trades Procession and the Churches procession and will also be at the Mayors international reception on the Tuesday evening!
Thanks
3 Monday, 09 July 2012 20:11
Simon
Hi, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'll see if I can let Brian know - I think when I received the photos (by quite a circuitous route) they mentioned that one of the chaps had moved to South Africa - so he is remembered!
Photos of St Andrews Choir
4 Wednesday, 18 July 2012 18:51
Linda Billington
Hi there, my dad is Harold (as mentioned above by his two sisters) I will sendthe link to him, he will be so pleased to see these!
Preston Guild 1952
5 Sunday, 04 November 2012 20:54
Mildred Tattersall..........nee Swarbrick
Hello to everyone, I have very vivid memories of walking in the Preston Guild, I walked, with St. Matthews Church, while I enjoyed the guild it seemed to be such a long walk, well it would be for a girl of ten years old, I remembered getting lots of money in the bag I was carrying, it was a fantastic experience, my late brother Ronnie was poorly at the time and he was unable to take part, sweet memories, thank you.
Miss Preston Guild 1952
6 Wednesday, 05 December 2012 23:00
Susan Barretto
My mother was crowned Miss Regent for the 1952 Preston Guild at the former Regent Ball room. I am trying to find out more information and whether anyone is interested in photos of her trophy cup etc - can someone suggest who I should contact
We have lived in Australia since 1963.
Miss Preston Guild
7 Thursday, 06 December 2012 23:21
Simon

 


Hi Susan, Thanks for your message. Well, we'd be interested to put the photos online here at ashtononribble.com... if you'd be happy to publish the photos here, email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we can arrange something...

 

 

Not sure where to find an easy source of information. Preston council organise the guild so perhaps they would have someone who could help...

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