'First ever' Pride celebrations coming to Ellesmere Port

By Oliver Adams

A town in our region is set to host its first ever Pride event.

Ellesmere Port will host a Pride family fun day on Saturday, October 2 to celebrate the local LGBT+ community.

Town-wide festivities kick off at 12pm at Little Sutton Community Centre.

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The event in Wirral promises food and drink, live music and entertainment, kids activities and even a Pride-inspired dog show.

Ellesmere Port's Pride family fun day is the first Pride event of any kind to be held in the town.

It is also an occasion to celebrate the return of live entertainment and community events following the cancellation of various Pride events in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Welcoming the event, Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders said: “The creation of Ellesmere Port Pride is another first for the diverse community in and around Ellesmere Port.

“When so many events have had to be organised virtually because of the pandemic, the organisers of Ellesmere Port Pride are offering a weekend of fun featuring a variety of events that everyone can enjoy and I very much hope that the activities will be well supported.

“Hopefully Ellesmere Port Pride will become a regular feature in the calendar of events which attract visitors to the town as well as providing entertainment opportunities for residents.”

Event organisers are keen to sign up volunteers to ensure the day runs smoothly and secure the future of Pride in Ellesmere Port.

A spokesperson for Port Fest Events CIC said: "We are holding our first ever Ellesmere Port LGBTQ fun day, we are looking for lots of volunteers to ensure this is a fun day.

"Stewards, stall holders, dog show hosts/judges, DJs, drag queens, singers entertainment, kids activities, food and bar.

"This fundraiser will pay for the next event next year. So please donate your time or just attend to show your support!"

Members of the LGBT+ community in Wirral have expressed their delight about Pride making its way to the peninsula.

Liam Lancaster-Smith, 26, told the ECHO : "Pride is where it all started, where people have always found community.

"I'm sure Wirral and its diverse community would benefit in welcoming people coming together to share love for one another and celebrate who they really are."

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