Grand Open Air Festival, Saturday 27th August, 1892

" was a pretty sight, and was witnessed by thousands of people, who flanked the streets along the whole route from the Waggon Works (which was the rendezvous) to the North End Football Field. The procession which was headed by the band of the West Yorkshire Regiment, was composed of members of the various Bands of Hope in Preston, who appeared in character sketches, representing the seasons, noted personages in history and fiction, and emblematical groups, the chief centre of attraction being the Harvest Queen, with her retinue of maids of honour and pages. Many of the dresses were very appropriate and beautiful in design, and the profusion of flowers and plants with which some of the lurries were decorated added greatly to the general splendour of the procession. The events on the North End football ground included the crowning of the harvest queen, the presentation of loyal subjects, May-pole and Morris dances, feats of bicycling and swordsmanship, ambulance demonstrations, military drill, &c, which were interspersed with temperance songs rendered by a large choir, with band accompaniment. A very successful entertainment was brought to a close with the National Hymn."

Lancashire Evening Post, August 29th, 1892

Bands of Hope were a regular feature of church life, especially Nonconformist churches. Their aim was " spread the principles and secure the practice of total abstinence, particularly amongst the young." I wonder if any of you possess family heirlooms connected with attachment to one of these groups?

The Waggon Works stood on Strand Road and eventually became the site of the Dick, Kerr engineering works.