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PRESTON Pride: Last year's event
PRESTON Pride: Last year's event
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Organisers of this year’s Preston Pride are preparing for a packed day of events celebrating local heroes.

The city is set to come to life for the event on Saturday September 27 to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the city and beyond.

Chairman of Preston Pride Steve Griffin said: “The majority of the acts we have got are local. We have kept to the theme of local heroes.

“We have two guest speakers who we believe to be our very own local heroes; PC Stuart Rutlidge From Lancashire Constabulary and Melanie Close the chief executive of Disability Equality North West.”

The event takes place on the Flag Market and will run from midday and is being opened by the Mayor of Preston Coun Nick Pomfret.

It aims to break down barriers and stereotypes about the LGBT community.

There will be a number of performances throughout the day with organisers promising a “full and fabulous” line up.

Steve added: “If the last two years are anything to by there will be a great turnout. It is definitely growing.

“In the first year we had about 2,000 people and last year it was between 4,000 and 5,000 and once again it is free.”

He added: “In the first year the theme was young people, last year the theme was families, we just decided we wanted something slightly different and with everything going on with the Guild and different events over the last few years we just wanted to keep it local and let’s support our local heroes.”

The line up includes male vocalist Chad Charles, Britain’s Got Talent Star Ashley Collins and Preston’s very own Musical Comedy Society.

Other performances include Red Ribbon Cabaret Dancers and singers Eva Fox, Coco Malone and Wolf.

The day time event will finish at 5.30pm and the official after party will be held at Evoque nightclub.

For more information about the event and to keep up with updates visit: www.prestonpride.com.

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