Cup defeat for PNE Ladies

PNE Ladies suffered a 2-3 defeat in the Cup at home today against Leigh RMI Ladies.  It was a closely contested game but Preston had more than enough chances to win the game, particularly in the first half when they squandered a number of chances. The Leigh keeper also did her part to keep the whites out with some great stops at the feet of the North End strikers.

At the other end Preston also seemed a bit hesitant. Many of the chances that did fall the way of Leigh were as a result of defensive errors but all credit to the visitors who kept pressing and forcing the mistakes.

As the game entered the last period of play it was even at 2-2 and both sides continued to look for the winner but it was Leigh who got it just three minutes from the end.  Well done to Leigh on a hard fought win today.

 

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In Pictures: Preston shivers

The end of January brought some wintry weather to Preston. A flurry of snow and ice, nothing too serious but enough to cause travel problems.  For most countries this level of cold and snow is not noteworthy but in the UK every year we seem ill-prepared for any bad weather.  Perhaps it was the wrong type of snow and ice or maybe, more likely, the wrong type of tyres but at least it looked nice for the photos!

These pictures were taken on a walk along the Lancaster Canal and down along the Ribble Link.

A trip to the moon

This weekend the ‘Museum of the Moon’ exhibition landed at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston and I went along to check it out.

The main attraction is the impressive looking 23 foot high moon model which is suspended in the centre of the Grade 1 listed building but there is more to see in the adjoining gallery.  Children will love the life sized astronaut model and the detailed space rocket models on display.

No doubt about it though the huge Moon is the star of the show. There’s also a soundtrack by award winning composer Dan Jones which plays unobtrusively while you stand and gaze at the Moon in all its detail. The moon model is by British artist Luke Jerram and it’s bound to prove popular with the Preston public. Check the Harris Museum for details of special Moon related events during the exhibition.

Here are a few photos of the installation.  The moon is visible in Preston until 24th February. 

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An icy and foggy Brockholes – in pictures

According to the weather forecast it was going to be a sunny but cold day.What they forgot to mention was that you wouldn’t be able to see the sun for the freezing fog! 

There was however, something hauntingly beautiful about wondering around Brockholes nature reserve in the icy-cold conditions. The photo below were all taken within the space of about two hours. Some come from the walks around the reserve, others show the visitor centre itself.

Here are the pictures…

York in January

While it may not be the warmest month, there is never really a bad time to visit York.  One of the advantages of visiting in winter is that you don’t get swamped by the crowds and endless tour groups that you get in high season.

York has so much to offer, stunning buildings, great shopping, cosy pubs and scenic walks along the fortified city walls or alongside the River Ouse. Our stay was just three days but I did manage a few photos…

A January visit to the Fylde coast

It’s not far to the beach at St Annes from Preston and at anytime of year it’s good to experience the wide-open spaces that the coast provides.  Over recent years there has been a good deal of conservation work taking place to try and protect the sand dunes here from erosion. One of the measures involves planting out old Christmas trees along the front edge of the Dunes. 

A popular and well photographed view is of the old wooden pier on the beach. I’d hoped to get a stunning sunset but whilst that didn’t happen, I’m still happy with how the photo turned out in the end. See this pic and a few more from my visit to Lytham St Annes below…

 

The return of Ribble buses to Preston

At weekend the Harris Museum and Library in Preston launched an exhibition to commemorate 100 years since the foundation of the Ribble Motor Company. 

Red Ribble buses had been a familiar sight around Lancashire for many years and four vintage vehicles proved popular as they parked up on the Flag Market in front of The Harris to mark the occasion.  Here are a few photos I took for Blog Preston. Click on any picture to view larger.