Preston Guild 2012

2012 will be a very exciting year for all of us here in the city of Preston as we celebrate the festival of Preston Guild. Preston Guild is unique in the UK. It is celebrated only once every 20 years and has a history stretching back over 800 years to 1179 when Henry II granted a charter which empowered the Burgesses of Preston to hold a Guild Merchant. Originally it was held to keep the Guild Roll – a list of people allowed to trade in the town, known as burgesses – up-to-date, but by the 18th century it had become a huge celebration of civic pride. Find out more about our unique festival at

Scrolls of Friendship

Since the Guild of 1952, Scrolls of Friendship have been sent around the world to collect warm wishes for the Guild from ex-Prestonians who had emigrated to Canada, America, Australia and New Zealand. The Guild Scrolls now represent the hand of friendship that Preston has with the rest of the world, and in 2012 Scrolls will also be sent to countries that have a special significance to our city, such as China, home for a large number of students from UCLan, Pakistan, India and the Caribbean, where our community has family and strong links

How can you get involved in Preston Guild 2012?

For Guild 2012, the Scrolls of Friendship tradition will be brought into the 21st century. A virtual scroll – an innovative, interactive website – will enable any friend of Preston anywhere in the world to send goodwill messages. Everyone is welcome to share any sounds, images or texts with the world through our virtual scroll – live from September 2011! And from January 2012, the “Scroll Up” project will give an extra dimension as it links in with community radio around the world by broadcasting audio messages and soundbites reflecting your location. Log on now to and help us start a new tradition by sending your warm wishes interactively as well as through these beautiful Scrolls of Friendship.