Preston was the 50th town to become a city during Queen Elizabeth's reign in 2002. The largest city in Lancashire with a population of 114,00, Preston sits roughly 30 miles north of Manchester and was a boom-town during the industrial revolution, becoming one of the textile centres of the UK. In recent years, Preston has become a hub for the Aviation industry, with the defense, aviation and security company BAE Systems having its Military Aircraft facility in the nearby suburb of Warton. Football is at the heart of Preston. Along side the local professional team, Preston North End, the National Football Museum was located in the city for a decade before moving to Manchester in 2012.
Preston's favourite son has to be cricketer Andrew Flintoff.