They say that in the North West of England the phrase 'once in a Preston guild' is the same as saying 'once in a blue moon for the rest of us. I don't know if that is true as I come from a more easterly part of the country. However I can say that Preston guild comes round every twenty years and the extraordinary summer of 2012 is a Preston Guild year.
Me and my beloved enjoyed the vintage weekend and the food festival. We also enjoyed seeing the Human League and Blancmange in concert. I watched the parade of guildspeople as they processed into the charter theatre on the Monday morning together with a civic procession involving mace bearers or halberdiers, and I think a silver oar made an appearance in the procession. I didn't have a programme but there may have been pensioners from the almshouses in green robes. There was certainly a brass band.