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Fantastic Finale to Lancashire Encounter

Fireworks in the sky

Fireworks in the sky

17 September 2021

Join Preston City Council for the grand finale of Lancashire Encounter on Saturday 2 October. From 7pm visitors to the city centre will be mesmerised by the Mayor of Preston's Covid Thank You torchlight parade, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

The breath-taking fireworks display can be viewed from anywhere in the city centre, giving residents and visitors even more of a reason to go "out out" in Preston. Commissioned as part of the city's Welcome Back Fund action plan, the fireworks have been funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Following the Mayor's torchlight parade, which will be a tribute to all keyworkers in Preston, this jaw-dropping firework display will end the Lancashire Encounter festival, which brings three weekends of art, music, and family entertainment to the city centre.

On the night, you can expect to see a mix of vehicles and walking participants, with proud Prestonians alongside astonishing acts from further afield the procession will have the theme of "light." This event will provide the opportunity for a city celebration and appreciation for all who have sacrificed and worked hard to support Preston through the pandemic.

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Javed Iqbal, said:

"I cannot wait for the parade and fireworks, it will be a spectacular event for the city and a fitting tribute to thank the key workers who have given so much in the collective struggle against Covid-19.

"It is also a way to thank our residents, businesses and community groups who have pulled together throughout this difficult period by looking out for one another and making Preston proud.

"As we close the curtain on what promises to be a wonderful Lancashire Encounter festival, I am looking forward to welcoming people the city centre to enjoy a stunning fireworks display and everything else on offer in Preston."

Further details

  • The Torchlight and Thank You parade will begin from 7:15pm on Moor Park Avenue and end on the Bus Station canopy. Further details about the parade can be found by visiting Lancashire Encounter - Mayor of Preston's Thank you parade
  •  Preston City Council will be working with the Director of Public Health to ensure this event follows all relevant Covid safe protocols. All participants will be asked to take a Lateral Flow Test before arrival, and no one with symptoms is expected to participate.
  • For more information about Lancashire Encounter please visit Lancashire Encounter
  • Any business, organisation or group interested in participating can find out more information and register on 
  • The Council has been allocated up to £215,626 for the Reopening High Streets Safely and Welcome Back projects, funded from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 - 2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. 

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