The Lancashire Encounter Festival will take place in Preston city center

The procession of light was part of the encounter Pic: Benjamin Wareing

The Lancashire Encounter Festival will take place this weekend following Her Majesty’s death last Thursday.












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Preston City Council has decided to continue with events including the Encounter Festival from Friday September 16th to Sunday September 18th.

There will be a tribute to Her late Majesty as part of the torchlight procession which will take place on Saturday from Moor Park to Preston Bus Station.

The illumaphonium was one of the most popular parts of the Gathering Photo: Paul Melling
The illumaphonium was one of the most popular parts of the Gathering Photo: Paul Melling

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Cabinet Member for Culture and the Arts, Councilor Peter Kelly, said: “In the current sad circumstances, we have had long conversations about what would be appropriate in this time of national mourning.

“However, the Lancashire Encounter Festival has been planned for months with a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make the three-day event a worthy attraction for the people of Preston and Lancashire at large.

“The Council also believes that the economic benefit to businesses in and around the city center is entirely justified during the recovery period from the Covid pandemic.

“We have also made sure to respect the current period of mourning by paying tribute to Her Majesty during the torchlight procession and during the speeches which will open the event on Friday.”

Read more: See the complete program of the Encounter festival

Full details of the Lancashire Encounter Festival can be found on their website: https://www.lancsencounter.co.uk/

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