Poor ticket sales put end to first gay pride festival

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 September 2012

Kelly Llorenna

Kelly Llorenna

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WESTON'S first gay pride festival, scheduled to take place this weekend, has been cancelled because of poor ticket sales.

The two-day event was initially postponed in July due to bad weather but organisers have now announced the event has officially been called off.

A host of well-known pop performers had been lined up to perform at the event, including N-Trance vocalist Kelly Llorenna, Kym Mazelle, Nikk Mager and former boy band member Andy Scott-Lee – brother of Lisa from Steps.

The event was due to get under way tomorrow (Fri) at The Winter Gardens in Royal Parade, with compere LuLu Delish introducing a host of lively acts as part of a launch show called Over The Rainbow. Artistes including Emma Roberts, Tallulah and Steph Hamilton had been expected to perform.

On Saturday, the festival was due to move outdoors to the Beach Lawns, where a host of musicians and performers were lined up to play on the Pride main stage. As well as the eight-hour music marathon, a number of stalls, competitions and games had been organised as part of the event.

The South West Pride festival was expected to help raise funds for a number of charities, including local causes such as Weston Hospicecare and the Burnham Area Rescue Boat.

The Mercury was unable to contact the organisers for a comment on why the festival had been shelved.

News that it had been cancelled was revealed earlier this week on the festival website, www.southwestpride.com

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