Security stepped up at Newcastle Pride this weekend

Besi Besemar July 20, 2017

One of the UK’s largest LGBT+ festivals, Newcastle Pride, puts extra security measures in place to reassure festival goers at this weekends event.

Sam Bailey

Newcastle Pride takes place at Newcastle’s Town Moor from July 21-23 and organisers have announced that increased security measures have been put in place to ensure those attending enjoy a safe weekend in the city.

Extra bag searches will take place and organisers, Northern Pride, recommend that those attending avoid bringing large bags with them.

Additional security staff will also be present on site, as well as Northumbria Police uniformed officers and armed officers.

Mark Nichols
Mark Nichols

Mark Nichols, chair of Northern Pride – who organise the annual Pride festival, said: “All necessary measures have been put in place to give those celebrating a little extra peace of mind during the Pride weekend.

“This is our tenth year of hosting the free festival and as with all large-scale events, we do ask that attendees remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to a member of staff or security.

“However, we have a strict security plan in place and are working closely with Northumbria Police to deliver a safe, enjoyable event.

“We hope the North East community will join us in celebrating what is set to be a memorable weekend of music.”

The festival, which attracted more than 73,000 visitors to the city in 2016 and contributed more than £10.4m to the local economy, will feature boyband A1, X Factor winner, Sam Bailey and girl group Stooshe on the Manchester Airport Main Stage.

The event itself is free to attend, however a number of Virgin Money Gold Circle and VIP tickets are available for those who want to guarantee prime viewing spots for the performances on July 22 and 23.

For full details of this year’s festival, click here:

Or download the free Northern Pride 2017 app on iOS or Android.