11th Jul, 2020

Funding blow hits Pride event

Rob George 5th Jun, 2020

ORGANISERS OF Worcestershire Pride have revealed the 2020 event has been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

After successful Worcestershire Pride 2019, the committee were gearing up to host their fourth LGBT+ Pride festival this September, but have lost essential funding due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s event would have seen Pride goer show their appreciation for the NHS and key workers. A minute’s silence for lives sadly lost to Coronavirus was due to be held at the start of the parade, and a minute’s clap will be held to celebrate key workers and the NHS during the main event itself.

Chairman Mathew Skilbeck said: “We are absolutely heartbroken to say that we will have to postpone Worcestershire Pride until 2021.

“The event has a huge impact on lots of people’s lives including Pride goers, our acts and businesses that we feature, so it’s not a decision that we’re taking lightly.

“Our team have been working incredibly hard to see if we can make the event work, but sadly, with the effects of Coronavirus on funding and current rules on gatherings, the event just can’t go ahead this year. We’ll be back bigger and better in 2021 and have some fantastic ideas up our sleeves.”

The Pride team will be hosting a Virtual Pride Party on September 19 when Pride was due to take place to ensure Pride fans don’t miss out completely this year.

Planning is underway for Pride 2021 which will be held on September 18, 2021.

E-mail info@worcestershirepride.org for more.

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