At heart of key TV broadcast

Photo Ian Robinson'The Preston Passion performed at Preston bus station

Photo Ian Robinson'The Preston Passion performed at Preston bus station

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A LANDMARK building designed by a Lytham man was in the national TV spotlight as an ambitious Good Friday broadcast came live from Preston.

The city’s distinctive bus station was designed in the 1960s by the late Keith Ingham, who still has two sons living in the Lytham St Annes area.

It was the focus of much of BBC1’s Preston Passion, which featured religious music and community participation along with three pre-recorded dramas. Scenes were played out on the bus station ‘apron’ and on the levels of the car park above.

The bus station has recently been the subject of moves to preserve it as an architectural icon amid threats to demolish it for city centre redevelopment.

Meanwhile, St Annes teenager Morgan Meechan, a pupil at St Bede’s School in Lytham, played a small role in the last of the three Passion drams, set in modern-day Preston.

The 13-year-old, who lives in Dalton Street, played a bully who victimises a young girl called Bella and said: “I was really excited to get a role in The Preston Passion. It is a massive show and is also my biggest TV role.

“I rehearsed for eight weeks and was really delighted to be part of such a big, important event.”