Extra time for Pride festival?

Thousands turned out over the weekend for the Blackpool Pride Festival where Gareth Gates performed (below).

Thousands turned out over the weekend for the Blackpool Pride Festival where Gareth Gates performed (below).

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Blackpool’s Pride festival – which saw thousands flock to the resort – could become a week-long event, according to a leading councillor.

Coun Graham Cain has made the suggestion after the success of last weekend’s festival, which saw members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community take to the streets of the resort.

Thousands turned out over the weekend for the Blackpool Pride Festival where Gareth Gates performed.

Thousands turned out over the weekend for the Blackpool Pride Festival where Gareth Gates performed.

Coun Cain said: “It’s great to see how fantastic it’s been in Blackpool this weekend.

“The council is working in partnership with the organisers of Blackpool Pride for next year. We want to expand the event so we make it over a week.

“We are really pleased with the success of this year’s Pride and credit should go to the organisers.

“We are looking forward to working with them for next year to make it bigger and better.

“Pride brings a lot of people into town and we want to make sure they are staying over for a few days, there’s so much to do in Blackpool, you can’t do it justice in one day.”

The festival has previously been dogged by poor weather, but this year saw glorious sunshine bring out crowds from across the country while events were held at the Winter Gardens.

Pride organiser Tim Allan says any extension of the festival could involve institutions such as libraries promoting LGBT art, culture and history.

Mr Allan said: “What could happen is that it’s not just the Pride weekend but it becomes a festival of culture, art and entertainment over a week because it can’t just be about entertainment alone.

“It’s about history, culture and diversity too.”

Former Pop Idol star Gareth Gates was among the attractions playing a five-song set at the Winter Gardens’ Pavilion.

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