I'm from the Lancashire Evening Post, the local newspaper in Preston, England. We're currently writing a feature for our website ( [url]http://www.prestontoday.net[/url] ) on other Prestons around the world and would appreciate if some of you could tell us about YOUR Preston in Melbourne, Victoria.
Preston is England's newest city (it was granted city status in 2002 to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee, making it England's 50th city in the 50th year of the Queen's reign), although as a town it has existed much longer than this.
Preston got its name from Roman times and means "Priest's Town". One explanation of the reason for this name is that it refers to how ownership of the land was passed between various churches.
Like most towns and cities in England, Preston's citizens are fiercely proud of their soccer team (or football team, as we call it!), Preston North End. Preston North End used to be one of the best teams in the country, and is also one of the founding members of the FA, the governing body of football in England.
If anyone can help us with this they will most likely get a mention on the feature itself and we will post a link up here on the forum. And if there are any questions anyone has about Preston in England, we will be glad to answer them. Thanks!