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Plans in motion for Bromsgrove's first ever LGBTQ+ Pride event

Harry Leach 23rd Jan, 2020 Updated: 23rd Jan, 2020

PLANS are being made for Bromsgrove to have its first ever LGBTQ+ Pride event this year.

A Pride committee has been set up by resident Ocean Riley who is eager to get the project off the ground.

If successful it would be a historic moment for the town and its LGBTQ+ community who currently have to travel to Worcester for the nearest Pride festival.

Ocean, 25, said: “At the moment we are just trying to be realistic because we are planning the whole event from scratch.

“Our idea to start off with is to have a pride-themed market on Bromsgrove High Street.

“But in years to come we would like to be more ambitious and have a bigger event, including a parade and live music, at somewhere like Sanders Park or the Recreation Ground.

“Some of our committee members have close connections with Bromsgrove District Council so we will certainly be looking to work with the authority in the near future.”

Earlier this week the council announced that it would be raising a rainbow flag above the Council House at Parkside during Worcestershire Pride.

The weekend takes place on September 19 and 20.

The raising of the flag would show Bromsgrove’s solidarity with the rest of the county but also to recognise and celebrate the district’s very own LGBTQ+ community.

At full council meeting on Wednesday, Liberal Democrat Councillor Rob Hunter said: “As a Worcestershire authority I think it’s important that we enhance the visibility of this important work.”

Worcestershire Pride 2019 marked the second year where a parade was held, moving from the riverside, behind the Heart of Worcestershire College, to the Cornmarket on City Walls Road.

Ocean is hoping people will back the idea, join the committee and help with this year’s event.

“The more people we have, the better the event will be.”

The next committee meeting will be held at The Hub inside Bromsgrove Baptist Church at 6.30pm on February 4.

Visit the Bromsgrove Pride Facebook page to find out more and show support and interest in the event.

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