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Thursday 11 June 2020

Council sets date for Virtual Pride

Not to be defeated by having had to postpone and then cancel the live Pride in the Park event at Queens Park, Crewe this year, Cheshire East Council has now set a date for a virtual Pride event.

 Virtual Pride 2020 will take place on Saturday 25 July from 2-7pm and will feature an eclectic mix of interviews, music, competitions, performances and information supporting the LGBT+ community.

 The council will be putting on a five-hour non-stop online event. Presenters will introduce acts and interviews as the council makes the best effort possible to recreate Pride in the Park to an online audience.

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “I’m so happy that we are going ahead with Pride this year, albeit in a very different format than before.

 “At this time of national crisis, it’s more important than ever to do whatever we can to lift people’s spirits so I’m really proud of the organising team to have come up with a way of doing just that with Virtual Pride 2020.

 “I’ve seen the draft plans of what the event should look like and although I can’t give too much away just yet, people can rest assured that it’s going to be a fantastic event, and one I hope people from both Cheshire East and from way beyond the borough will strongly support.”

 Councillor Marilyn Houston, Cheshire East Council’s member champion for equality, diversity and inclusion, said: “I’m so pleased that on 25 July, we will have the opportunity to watch and listen, laugh and lift our spirits together in the Cheshire East virtual celebration of LGBT+ Pride. I can’t wait to sprinkle the glitter, tune in and wave my rainbow flag.”

 Please keep in touch with announcements on next month’s Virtual Pride 2020 event at www.prideinthepark.com and at our Pride in the Park Facebook page, which is @PrideInThePark2020

 Pride in the Park will return to Queens Park, Crewe as a live outdoor event on Saturday 19 June, 2021. Further updates will be shared on the Pride website. 

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Council cancels this year’s Pride event

Cheshire East Council has cancelled its Pride in the Park event, which was due to take place in Queens Park, Crewe on 12 September. 

Government restrictions on hosting large outdoor public events continue to be in place, and many other Pride events across the county, including Chester, Congleton and Macclesfield, have also been cancelled this year. The council’s Pride event was originally scheduled for Saturday 20 June, and it was hoped that it would be possible to host the event in September, when the event was rescheduled back in March.

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “It is with genuine regret that we have made the decision to cancel our event. I appreciate that this news will come as a big disappointment to many people, but our first priority must always be the safety of the public, and with that in mind, this is the only sensible course of action that we can take.

“I am convinced that Pride in the Park will come back even bigger and better next year but for now, I’d like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors, acts and the LGBT+ community in Cheshire East for their support and patience. We sincerely hope that we will have the opportunity of working with you again in 2021.”

The council is currently putting together an exciting programme of music, competitions and other content for a virtual Pride event with dates to be agreed. Keep an eye on the Pride Facebook page for the latest information and to find out how you can be involved.

People who attended last year’s event in Crewe will also remember that an important part of the day was the well being marketplace, which featured local organisations that offer advice and guidance on subjects including weddings, health, fostering and adoption.

The providers that were there in person at last year’s event give their support all year round, so we urge the LGBT community to reach out for support and advice by visiting: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell. If any of the community feel that they need support with their mental health during this difficult time they can contact the Switchboard LGBT+ helpline at www.switchboard.lgbt

Pride in the Park will return to Queens Park, Crewe as a live outdoor event on Saturday 19 June, 2021. 

Friday 20 March 2020

Pride event postponed until September

We are postponing our Pride in the Park summer event until September, due to the ongoing concerns and impact of Coronavirus.

The event was due to be held at Queens Park in Crewe on Saturday 20 June but has now been postponed in light of the government’s advice on mass gatherings of more than 500 people.

We have a duty to act responsibly and protect the public, which will always be our highest priority. The postponement of the event was therefore the most sensible course of action to take. Pride in the Park will now take place on Saturday 12 September from 1-7pm.

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “It is a great shame to be postponing Pride this summer, though I would like to be very clear in saying that this is a postponement and not a cancellation.

“Our number one priority now is to contain Coronavirus and do whatever is necessary to keep Cheshire East residents safe. There can be no greater priority for this council at this very challenging time.

“I know that a lot of hard work has already gone into preparing for this year’s Pride event and that hard work will not be wasted.

“Clearly though, our priorities lie elsewhere at this moment and we hope that everyone who was planning on attending Pride in June will understand. We simply ask that for now all residents follow the advice on the NHS website and stay safe.”