June festival’s pride of place at Winter Gardens

Organisers of Gay Pride Festival promoting this year's event which is being held in the Winter Gardens for the first time this year.'L-R Tim Allen, Gary Lovatt, Sea Pickup, Liam Halewood,   Tim James, Darren Bee, Kath Smith, DJ Just Lee and Cybil Duvuax,
Organisers of Gay Pride Festival promoting this year's event which is being held in the Winter Gardens for the first time this year.'L-R Tim Allen, Gary Lovatt, Sea Pickup, Liam Halewood, Tim James, Darren Bee, Kath Smith, DJ Just Lee and Cybil Duvuax,
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More acts are signing up to be part of this year’s Blackpool Pride Festival which will be headlined by singer Gareth Gates.

The two-day festival is being held at the Winter Gardens for the first time this year in a bid to make it more family-friendly and inclusive.

Organisers gathered in the historic venue to launch the programme.

Gareth will perform on the afternoon of Saturday, June 8.

Meanwhile, Black Lace, best known for their party anthem Agadoo, will entertain the crowds on Sunday, June 9.

Plans are also under way for a walking parade through the town from the town hall to the Winter Gardens, which will be given an official send-off by Blackpool Mayor Coun Eddie Collett.

Linked in with the weekend of celebrations will be evening events at various venues on the north side of the town centre.

Many of these will be putting on their own cabaret.

Pride Festival chairman Kath Smith said: “Our plans to hold Blackpool Pride, as a festival, welcoming our LGBT community, their families and friends and promoting inclusion, equality and diversity, is now coming to fruition.

“With the support of our sponsors, Blackpool Council, Crown Entertainment Centres, the Federation of Small Businesses, Dahlia’s Kitchen, Blackpool Wellness Service and our partner bars and venues, we are able to hold Blackpool’s first indoor Pride event in a wonderful and famous building.

“We hope to attract a large audience during the afternoon.

“Our aim is to attract people locally, regionally and nationally, encouraging them to stay over in Blackpool.

“We want to push the festival into the public domain, generate tourism and support local businesses.

“Our success relies on the wider community engaging with us so we can all work together to deliver a fantastic and enjoyable Pride.”