Why I'm so proud of Preston

I adore Preston. Always have, always will.

I’m not from Manchester or near Blackpool, I am from Preston; and as I walk through the streets of this wonderful city, speaking to its residents and businesses, I can’t help but feel that our glorious construction site is hiding something special.

It’s something that will delight the senses and fire the imagination of both visitors and residents alike.

Don’t get me wrong, Preston has its challenges, and while I’m glad to say these challenges have nothing to do with the continued negativity surrounding Brexit, they exist nonetheless.

But change doesn’t come from comfort zones. We can ponder the efforts of people and projects determined, do or die, to make Preston a success and note the accomplishments.

But we should also consider the failures and take comfort that, as Thomas Edison famously said: “every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

As I say, change doesn’t come from comfort zones and you can almost taste the change coming in Preston.

There is literally too much to shout about.

We have the new proposed Preston-to-Longridge tramline; the Shankly Hotel; the increased influence from the student economy via UCLAN’s impressive vison; expansion, investments and development from the local business community, creating more jobs and much needed revenue for communities around the city.

There is literally too much to shout about.

Come Brexit day, deal or no deal, Preston will continue to succeed and develop. Confidence and optimism are high and the future looks good, not only for Prestonians but for Preston’s position as the shining beacon of inspiration to everyone in Lancashire: as the de facto capital of our magical county.

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