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Portsmouth plan a Pride in 2015

Besi Besemar December 26, 2014

Organisers are planning to hold a Pride in Portsmouth on June 20, 2015.

Portsmouth Pride 2015PLANS ARE at an early stage for a parade starting from Victoria Park, progressing through the city centre and culminating with an event at the Guildhall where there will be stalls and live music.

Chair of Pride, David Lee Bastable, said: “Our theme will be ‘Pride in the City’ to highlight how we take pride in all the iconic symbols that we have in Portsmouth such as¬†the Spinnaker Tower, the Guildhall, Portsmouth Football Club –¬†basically all the things that make Portsmouth great.

“So far we have received positive feedback, and support from the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and all the local MPs.

“We are looking for more volunteers and sponsors to help us and are hoping to get some funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Awards For All’.

“We have successfully passed the first stage and been given permission by the Council to hold an event, now we go to the second stage of discussions with the police and obtaining road closures etc.”

“I hope that we can bring together the LGBT communities in Portsmouth, the local people, the ethnic minorites and¬† have an absolutely fantastic day. We want to put Portsmouth on the map. Portsmouth has lagged behind when it comes to LGBT issues so I think it’s very important to go forward and show that Portsmouth is diverse and supports equality.”

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