Plumbs Sponsor Highlight Event at Preston Guild

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The countdown to the 2012 Preston Guild is coming to a close and local family business Plumbs is set to sponsor one of the celebration’s most anticipated events.

Vintage Guild Weekend

Vintage Guild Weekend

Following the city’s trade procession, this is sure to be a great way to round up the day and keep the spirit of the Guild following through to the week’s other events

Loose Covers and Re-upholstery Specialists Plumbs based in Preston, have been a long standing family business for over 50 years. Having witnessed and taken part in the Guild celebrations of 1972 and 1992, this year Plumbs play a vital role in their sponsorship of the Spirit of ’42 Vintage Ball, one of the Guild’s spotlight events during their Vintage Guild Weekend.

The 2-day weekend event which takes place at Avenham Park on September 1st and 2nd will revisit four Preston Guilds from the past 90 years. The ball, seeks to pay homage to the affectionately named ‘Guild that never was’ of 1942 when celebrations were cancelled due to World War 2. The evening is set to recreate the glamour and fun of the 1940’s with an evocative Vintage backdrop.

Sarah Page, Managing Director of Plumbs shares her enthusiasm for the event:

“We are thrilled to be sponsoring such an exciting event and getting further involved in the Guild celebrations. As a business that has grown in Lancashire over the last 50 years, we are delighted to be part of the celebrations looking back on times gone by.” She continues, “Following the city’s trade procession, this is sure to be a great way to round up the day and keep the spirit of the Guild following through to the week’s other events.”

Highlights of the ball include vintage hair and make-up, a foxtrot class with renowned dance teacher Julie Brown, a 4 course meal inspired by the 1940’s and music from the RAF founded 18 piece swing orchestra, The New Squadronaires. The evening will be hosted by the UK’s number 1 George Formby impersonator, Paul Casper.

The ball marks one of many involvements by Plumbs with the Guild this year. They have been working in strong partnership with the Guild Committee to help grow the future of business in the area with their support of the Guild Apprenticeship scheme. Throughout the year Plumbs have been working hard to encourage local businesses to take on young apprentices, while taking on six of their own.

As in previous Guilds, Plumbs employees will also be taking part in the Trade Procession on Saturday 1 September. In true Guild fashion the details of the float remain undisclosed, but Sarah Page ensures it will be worth the wait:

“We’re very excited about taking part in the procession and we hope our float will bring a smile to Preston. For some of our staff this is their second and even third Guild procession so we’ve listened to their experiences and developed a float to be talked about for the next 20 years!”

The Guild Procession will take place on Saturday 1st September, with the Spirit of ’42 Ball in Avenham Park later in the evening.

About Plumbs:
Plumbs have around 150 Home Consultants who will visit homes free of charge. The Home Consultants can recommend an appropriate loose covers solution and advice on room colour co-ordination and any other home furnishings such as upholstery, loose covers for sofas, cushion covers and curtains.

Plumbs have over 350 different upholstery fabric designs and colours to choose from, and a range of materials to suit any piece of furniture.
For further information please contact: Hannah Jones on 01772 838 301 or email hjones(at)plumbs(dot)co(dot)uk

About Preston Guild
The Guild is a celebrated every 20 years and is a showcase of Preston and Lancashire’s excellence in trade and commerce. The core 10 days of Guild celebrations run from 31st August – 9th September 2012, with events taking place throughout the city.
For further information about the Guild visit or contact the Guild Committee at guild2012(at)

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