Pride comes to Worthing!

Besi Besemar January 10, 2018

Worthing hosts its first ever Pride on Saturday, July 14, 2018, organised by local events company Vivacious Events.

This is the first time the town will host such a high profile LGBT+ event. Organisers expect to attract a significant number of visitors to the area and promise the event will be fun and family friendly.

Pride ‚Äď Diversity & Dreams will be free to attend but donations will be welcomed on the day from those attending to help finance the event.

The organisational committee is made up of Josie and Andy Kelly from Vivacious Events, Mark Woollard from ML Events and Paul Batchelor from local Sound and Lighting Company Present Entertainment, Brighton DJ and Entertainment Manager Claire Fuller and local business woman and fundraiser from Tommy’s Fund, Jeanette Compton.

A spokesperson for Worthing Pride said: “There have been many motivations for launching Worthing Pride, the primary reason to show our love and support for the local LGBT+¬†community and to bring the whole town together to celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of Worthing and the surrounding area.”

Pride will also be supporting local charities West Sussex Coastal Mind and Allsorts Youth Project with their fundraising.

Josie Kelly added:¬†“On a personal level, I¬†was also very inspired by the movie Pride based on real life events which bought everyone together to celebrate the diversity of the local people in very difficult and challenging circumstances.”

Detailed plans have been submitted to and now approved by Worthing Council, and the main arena will be located on Beach House Grounds adjacent to the Splashpoint Swimming Pool complex on Worthing seafront.

The Pride Parade along the Promenade will start at 1pm from opposite the Burlington Hotel. Other activities planned for the day include a dog show in Denton Gardens and children’s entertainment¬†provided by local company Nic & Bens Entertainment.

Entertainment in the main arena will start from 1pm and organisers are planning for some fantastic entertainers and tribute acts on the main stage continuing until 10pm in the evening.

Following the event there will be an after Pride party at local bar, the Libertine, which will be a ticketed only event.

Organisers need significant funding to make the event happen and would welcome enquiries from any local businesses or organisations that would like to support and be part of what will be a historic day for Worthing and the local economy.

The committee are also looking to involve local businesses, bringing everyone together to celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of Worthing’s LGBT communities.

Pride will soon be launching its own exclusive website to keep everyone up to date with their progress.

For any individuals, businesses or local organisations that would like to sponsor Pride, click here:

Or telephone: 01903 200333