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Kemptown MP encourages supermarkets to support Brighton Pride Village Street Party

Sarah Green July 21, 2014

Following an intervention by Simon Kirby MP for Kemptown and Peacehaven, Tesco and Morrisons in St James’s Street have agreed to donate ¬£1,000 towards the cost of the new Village Street Party during Pride weekend.

Simon Kirby MP for Kemptown & Peacehaven
Simon Kirby MP for Kemptown & Peacehaven

Simon Kirby contacted the three supermarkets with alcohol licences and asked them to show commitment to the local community and support for the Pride community interest company (CIC) by making a donation of £1,000 towards the cost of staging the event.

Most local bars and venues in the area have made donations between £500 and £1,000 to assist with the marshalling, toilet and security costs for the event and make it safer and more enjoyable for residents and tourists alike.

In previous years, the St James‚Äôs Street street party has become one of the most popular events during the Pride weekend. However, safety concerns were raised¬†in response to the numbers of people attending last year; this led Brighton Pride to work together with the City Council and the Brighton and Hove Police to arrange for the ‚ÄėVillage Party‚Äô event to be ticketed.

Mr Kirby said: ‚ÄúHaving been contacted by Brighton Pride, I was happy to contact the three supermarkets in St James‚Äôs Street to encourage them to show their commitment to the local community by making the full ¬£1,000 donation towards the running costs of the Village Party at this year‚Äôs Pride.‚ÄĚ

Pledge Bands will be required for entry to the secure zone during village party hours and to purchase alcohol in venues and outlets on Saturday 2 August from 4 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. and Sunday 3 August from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pledge Bands for the two-day event cost just £5 (£2 a day) with all revenue from these bands going directly towards security, marshalling and production costs to sustain the future of the Village Party, along with a £1 charitable donation to the Rainbow Fund.

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