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NEW attractions are promised for Exmouth Pride which takes place this July. The expanded format follows on from last year’s landmark first ever Pride event in the resort which saw hundreds of people celebrate diversity with a family picnic day in the town centre Manor Gardens. This year’s event will be on July 2 – […]

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NEW attractions are promised for Exmouth Pride which takes place this July.

The expanded format follows on from last year’s landmark first ever Pride event in the resort which saw hundreds of people celebrate diversity with a family picnic day in the town centre Manor Gardens.

This year’s event will be on July 2 – again in the Manor Gardens. Organisers are building on the success of last year’s celebrations with another day-long event of fun and music.

In addition there will be an after party from 6.30pm in popular town centre venue Spoken and the promise of more entertainment later at the town’s Fever nightclub. This not-for- profit event is to celebrate diversity and is part of the worldwide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender movement.

Former Mayor of Exmouth and member of the organising team John Humphreys said: “This is something that truly added to the colour of the town last year and is something we are delighted to be doing again. Exmouth is a wonderfully diverse community and we are celebrating the fact that there are people and families who are straight, gay, bisexual and transgendered who are part of that.”

Exmouth party band Wired are returning to headline the entertainment again this year with popular covers band That’ll Be the Day with more acts to be announced. Devon radio station Radio Exe will be fronting the day. Drivetime presenter Ashley Jeary will host and carry out interviews with guests.

Sarah Cooper, who organises sponsorship as part of the volunteer team, said she was delighted at the level of support from local business and organisations. She said: “Exmouth Town Council, the town’s Chamber of Commerce and local businesses including Exmouth Photo Studio, Scarlet, Namaste Himalaya Restaurant, Wilson’s Paint’s, Mountland’s International Language School, The Brook Gallery, performance coach Maggie Irving, The Saddlers Arms, Exmouth Waxing, The Oddfellows, Miss Sparkles and Antonio’s are all backing us. If you are a local business and would like to support us, then please email us. We would be delighted to work with you.”

Again there is a picnic theme to this year’s Pride event and both local people and visitors will have an exciting range of local caterers to chose from as well as a fully licensed bar by Spoken.

In hosting a Pride event, Exmouth is following in the tradition of other towns and cities around the UK and around the world. Pride events started in the late 1960s in America as part of the Civil Rights movement. They were held by communities to make a stand against discrimination and violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. As they have spread around the world they have grown hugely popular in many countries.

For details, see:  www.facebook.com/exmouthpride and @exmouthpride on Twitter

email exmouthpride@gmail.com

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