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News Archive > General > Prime Minister backs Pride event in Newquay

Prime Minister backs Pride event in Newquay

By Simon Fernley 22nd August 2018

Prime Minister backs Pride event in Newquay

THE organisers and volunteers of Cornwall’s biggest celebration of diversity have been praised by the Prime Minister ahead of the event’s return to Newquay this
weekend.

Theresa May has thanked Cornwall Pride organisers and volunteers for bringing people together to celebrate freedom, equality, difference and diversity.

Mrs May said: “Pride events are important in bringing together communities across the country to celebrate freedom, equality, difference and diversity. I want the UK to be a country where no one feels the need to hide who they are or who they love, and the Pride celebrations are a crucial driver of that cultural change.

“Each and every Pride organiser and volunteer should be proud of the work they do to arrange these events that attract hundreds and thousands of individuals each year. I would like to thank you for all your hard work and for the voice you give LGBT people. I wish you all the best for a very enjoyable Cornwall Pride.”

Cornwall Pride is set to take place in Newquay for the second time following a successful move to the resort last year. The festival is the largest celebration of diversity in Cornwall and helps to provide support and a common voice for people who identify as LGBTQ+.
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A spokesperson from Cornwall Pride said: “Due to the incredible support and feedback we have had over the last year in bringing Cornwall Pride to Newquay in 2017, we brought it back and it’s this weekend!

“We are very excited and proud we have support from Newquay Town Council, Newquay BID, Great Western Railway, First Kernow, Eden Project, Impact Light and Sound, The Gay UK and many other organisations to celebrate Cornwall Pride 2018 in Newquay.”

This year the colourful parade is set to include dancers, floats and music and will begin on Saturday (August 25) with participants gathering at Beach Road car park from 11am and the procession starting at 12 noon.

The parade will then make its way into Beach Road, Gover Lane and then into Bank Street. The parade will make its way through the pedestrian area and join East Street before turning left into Bridge Road and towards the Killacourt where it will end about 1pm.

The Killacourt will play host to the popular Rainbow Fest which features stalls from
organisations and businesses from 12 noon to 5.30pm, with a licensed bar area and live music from 1pm until 7pm.

Local singer and songwriter Daisy Clark will be headlining the stage with performances from Benji Matthresm and Joe Hurworth and presentation from Vicki Vivacious.

The free family-friendly event will also feature games, crafts, face-painting, hot and cold
refreshments and stalls offering help and advice.

For the over-18s, the Moonbow Party will take place at Tall Trees on Saturday night from 8.30pm until 2am.

The party is a ticketed night featuring a safe environment for Pride-goers to enjoy live music, entertainment and a licensed bar.

There will be a tribute to The Greatest Showman as well as tribute acts to Abba, Katy Perry, Cher and Lady Gaga, all presented by Vicki Vivacious.

Chairperson Matthew Kenworthy Gomes said: “We cannot wait for Cornwall Pride 2018 in Newquay as it is everyone’s opportunity to #BeYou. With the unprecedented support from the community and from wider organisations across Cornwall and the UK, Cornwall Pride
really brings pride for everyone in Cornwall. It will be bigger, better and more exciting.”

For more information or to buy tickets to the Moonbow Party click here

By Simon Fernley 22nd August 2018

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