1. Preston is home to the UK’s first ever KFC
The popular American fast food chain first made the jump over the Atlantic 50 years ago in 1965 and opened its doors on Preston’s Fishergate high street where it still remains in all its glory to this very day.
2. Preston is the UK’s newest city
Despite being granted city status way back in 2002, Preston is still the newest city in the UK; receiving the status as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations and fighting off competition from many other bigger towns.
3. Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park CBE is from Preston
The four-time Oscar winning director most famous for bringing us all the Wallace & Gromit animations was born in the Brookfield area of Preston and still has family that live just outside of the city.
4. The Preston By-pass was the UK’s first section of motorway
Linking Bamber Bridge in the south of the city to Broughton in the north, the Preston By-pass was built in 1958 and is now part of the busy M6 motorway, often nicknamed ‘The Backbone of Britain’.
5. Cricketer Andrew Flintoff is another Preston native
BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 2005 following success at the summer’s Ashes series, ‘Freddie’ was born and raised in the Penwortham suburb of Preston and represented England from the age of 19. He still returns to the city to watch his brother play for Whittingham Cricket Club.
6. Preston Bus Station is the largest in Europe
Although the quirky design may be an architectural eyesoar to some people and regularly threatened with demolition, Preston Bus Station was recently awarded Grade II Listed Building status and is yet to have undergone any major changes since being built in the late 1960s.