This Day In History

1918 Battle of the Selle. In a carefully-planned attack, rehearsed over 5 days, 5th East Lancashires mount a remarkably successful night assault near Briastre. They move off at 2 a.m., in a heavy downpour which lasted throughout the engagement, to the sound of the Regimental March being played by the battalion band. Met by heavy machine-gun fire and an artillery barrage which causes 50 casualties, they charge through with a yell and are on their final objective well before the 7 a.m. deadline set, taking 300 prisoners in the process. Casualties are 2 officers and 13 men dead, and 6 officers and 109 men wounded. Some 22 German dead were counted on the battalion front. Study of the ground the next day shows that the battalion had gone through no fewer than 6 defensive belts, including a very strongly-held railway embankment, before reaching its final objective. The 300 prisoners were ‘of far better physique and appearance’ than any of the enemy previously encountered, and turn out to be picked troops. They said that they were members of Kaiser Wilhelm’ bodyguard; that they had never before known defeat; and that they had been sent to hold the line at all costs.
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All Aboard For Preston’s Museums!

Wed 30th October 10.30am – 4.30pm

All Aboard! for a free half-term Family Day out at Preston’s Museums!

For one day only on Wednesday 30th October, catch a FREE vintage Ribble bus and explore the hidden gems of Preston. Ride on a train, make your own arty masterpiece, camouflage yourself from head to toe, and go on a spooky ghost hunt!

All Aboard! is a free Preston-wide family event organised by Preston Museums Group, with support from Arts Council England and buses supplied by Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust. The free buses will start from Ribble Steam Railway at 10.30am, and take a circular route stopping at the LancashireInfantryMuseum, then the Museum of Lancashire, and finally the Harris Museum & Art Gallery before setting off back to the Ribble Steam Railway.

Buses will run a hop on/hop off service between 10.30am and 4.30pm, so stay as long as you like at each museum. There is no obligation to visit all four museums, simply enjoy being on the vintage bus!

There are various attractions and events happening at each venue which will keep the whole family entertained and engaged:

Ribble Steam Railway – enjoy two opportunities to ride on a working train: the full-size outdoor locomotive which runs trips throughout the day, and the child-sized electric railway which runs up and down the main exhibition hall and is the perfect size for kids.

Lancashire Infantry Museum – learn the art of camouflage and catch a glimpse of the real soldiers stationed at Fulwood Barracks.

Museum of Lancashire – join one of four Ghost Hunter tours happening around the museum throughout the day at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (booking is advised).

Harris Museum & Art Gallery – take part in ‘The Big Draw: Drawing Future, Drawing Past’, a chance for people of all ages to have a go at drawing, try out new technology by drawing with tablets, and test Old Masters’ methods, from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Ray Bignell, Chairman of Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust, says, “We at the Trust are very happy to have an opportunity to operate these vintage buses as they were meant to be used, carrying the public and providing a free service to the people of Preston. Ribble Motor Services was one of the largest and most popular bus companies in the UK, spanning from Carlisle in the north, to Liverpool and Manchester in the south and Skipton in the east, but its headquarters were always in Preston. It’s great to be able to celebrate and promote that history in conjunction with Preston Museums Group.”

David Watkins, Chairman of Ribble Steam Railway, says, “All Aboard! will enable more people than ever to experience a great day out visiting Preston’s premier museums, with a free bus service running throughout the day and lots on to make their trip fun and enjoyable!”

Further information

Times: Buses run every 30 minutes throughout the day between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Bus stops: Ribble Steam Railway – Car park
Lancashire Infantry Museum – Last bus stop on Watling Street just before the right turn onto Sir Tom Finney Way. The museum is only a few minutes walk away.
Museum of Lancashire – Car park
Harris Museum & Art Gallery – Park & Ride bus stop on Jacson Street.

For drinks and assorted refreshments, Ribble Steam Railway, Museum of Lancashire and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery all have café facilities.

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