An entry to Sepia Saturday. "Using old images as new reflections"
But back to the lorry and its crew of GPO workers. The date is 1952 and the event is Preston Guild. The famous expression when something rarely happens is "once every Preston Guild" and it was even more apt in 1952 as this once every 20 years event had been cancelled in 1942 because we were in the middle of a World War. The Guild celebrations dates back to 1179 when Henry II granted Preston market town status and the 20 year gap was chosen in 1542 because that guaranteed the memberships of the guilds were renewed at least once for each generation. This year was a Preston Guild year and there have been a variety of events and it once again had the trade floats but going back to 1952 and another form of communication
|Harris Museum, Preston photo|
Returning to the days when you asked the operator for a place and a number and the black and white TV detective series had someone asking the operator for the Scotland Yard number - Whitehall 1212 and a time when companies didn't cold call, that would be bliss, here is Rose Murphy and the infectious "Busy Line":