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News Archive > General > Pride hits Newquay!

Pride hits Newquay!

By Warren Wilkins 30th August 2017

Pride hits Newquay!
Colourful Pride-goers at the Killacourt

NEWQUAY played host to a colourful celebration on Saturday to promote equality and diversity throughout the county, which was attended by thousands of people.

The 10th Cornwall Pride was staged throughout the town to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The day began with the rainbow flag parade from Towan Beach to the Killacourt, which was led by Newquay Town Band, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Aaron Renfree from Newquay who was formerly in pop band S Club 8. Walkers, dance troupes, drag queens, dogs, families with children and the police helped carry the flag through the town centre. Crowds lined the streets cheering and applauding as the parade, which is one of the biggest Cornwall Pride has ever staged, passed by.

The crowds were treated to various acts at the family-friendly Rainbow Fest event held at the Killacourt. Hosted by Vicki Vivacious, the afternoon began with a message from Pride’s patron, drummer Roger Taylor from Queen, who said: “In what has been a year of tragic violence born of ignorant intolerance I hope the Cornwall Pride parade shouts out a message of hope and informed togetherness, sending out a determined beam of joy to and for the community. Have a wonderful parade!”

The crowds were entertained by Vicki herself and a host of local talent, including the UDM Dance Troupe and Sam Richardson and his band, while St Francis Home for Animals staged a dog show, which was a first for Cornwall Pride and attracted a host of gaily dressed pooches and pups. The evening event, The Moonbow Party, was held at Tall Trees Night Club and was hosted by Vicky Vivacious. The crowd danced the night away to The Piano Man Martyn Lucas, tribute act Kylie on Show and DJ Sparky while awaiting the main act of the event, Union J, who played to an enthusiastic crowd who were treated to a meet and greet prior to the band going on stage.

Phil Whitfeld, from Cornwall Pride, said: “To celebrate its 10th anniversary Cornwall Pride brought its annual celebrations to Newquay.  

“Having been based in Truro for the past nine years the organisers wanted to make this year bigger, better and more sustainable to ensure its continuation in the coming years. After meetings with Newquay Town Council and local organisations it was decided that Newquay would be the place to hold this year’s event and, judging by the huge success of the day, the move has proved to be the right one.

“While we felt the move to Newquay was the right decision for the right reasons, it remained a bit of a gamble as we had faced much criticism, some vitriolic and unjustified, for selecting Newquay for this year’s event. However the response from the town, local people, businesses and holidaymakers alike ensured the day was trouble-free, safe and welcoming and one of Pride’s most successful ever. I think we have proved the critics wrong and invite all those who doubted this move to come and join us next year and enjoy celebrating what is an important day of celebration for all Cornwall.

“Thank you Newquay for having us. Thank you to the stalls, thank you to the entertainment, to the people and most of all every single person who supported the day. The change will help us move forward to our very amazing future. A very special thank you to John Burbridge and Impact Sound and Lighting who made all the magic happen.”
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By Warren Wilkins 30th August 2017

Kevin Neil 28th September 2017 17:34
I attended the Pride event in Newquay with colleagues from the Labour Party and we were pleased to be able to support this well organised event by having a stall there. I´m surprised to read that there had been any criticism as the event was well run, the location seemed ideal and the large numbers in attendance shows that this event had widespread public support. I´d be very pleased to see Pride back in Newquay again next year and I´m sure that the local Labour Party will again support this excellent event if it is.
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