Pride organisers ‘overwhelmed’ by response from people of Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 August 2017

Weston Pride. Picture: Eleanor Young

Weston Pride. Picture: Eleanor Young

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The streets of Weston were a sea of colour on Saturday as the town’s Pride event took the High Street by storm, leading organisers to declare it ‘the best it could have been’.

Pride returned to Weston at the weekend for the fourth time to celebrate equality, diversity and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The event started at 11am, with a parade from Knightstone Island featuring a samba band and a huge of array of colourful flags and costumes.

As it made its way through the streets, the party was only just beginning.

A party in the park full of live music, a bouncy castle, stalls and games took over Grove Park for the afternoon, before the celebrations continued across the town into the night, with live music in The Imperial, in South Parade, Cameo Bar, in Walliscote Road, Heroes Bar, in High Street, and many more.

Weston Pride. Picture: Eleanor YoungWeston Pride. Picture: Eleanor Young

MORE: Some of the very best pictures from the day.

Former X Factor finalist Freddy Parker was one of the stand-out performers, as well as dance-pop singer Hazell Dean.

The Weston Pride management team said they were ‘overwhelmed’ by the response.

A spokesman said: “The event was overwhelming and awesome. We have always said it is a small town Pride and it is definitely here to stay.

“It was the best day it could have been and we feel really proud of Weston. What really stood out was sons and daughters bringing their parents – that was really special.

Weston Pride. Picture: Eleanor YoungWeston Pride. Picture: Eleanor Young

“The amount of community cohesion was really something. We couldn’t do it without the team and of course the town supporting the event year on year.”

While the dust has barely settled on this year’s event, plans are already in motion for Weston Pride 2018.

The parade and party in the park will take place on July 28, 2018 and one act has already been confirmed.

Pop band The Fizz will take to the stage and the event is set to be even bigger for a very special five-year celebration.

Weston Pride. Picture: Eleanor YoungWeston Pride. Picture: Eleanor Young

The spokesman added: “We would like to thank all the trustees, the event team including all the volunteers and the amazing people of Weston who made the event what it was.”

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