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Pride August 2007

The Wakefield Gay Pride event on Sunday 12th August was great success. The CCTV footfall figures give an estimated 3500 people at the event and that does not include those who stayed in the venues for the entertainments that they provided. it is an increase of 1500 on last year but of course the weather was much kinder this year.The parade was bigger and greater numbers marched the route through the city, headed by the Deputy Mayor and her Consort The White Ball was a sell-out attended by 125 guests and raised about £1000 to help fund the event We would like to thank Mr Gay UK (Wakefield) contender Mr Allan Crossley for organising the ball almost single-handedly.We are deeply grateful to the Chasley Hotel for hosting the ball and providing a superb buffet Our thanks to Dawn the general manager and all the staff at the Chasley and to Madam Connie, cabaret drag artiste, who hosted the entertainment of a fashion show of ballgowns by Gorgeous of Lower Warrengate , CloneZone for the male underwear and Temple Spa for the goody bags of their cosmetic range The ball was attended by the Deputy Mayor Cllr Jacqui Williams and her Consort and Wakefield Wildcats head coach John Kear was a guest of honour. We are also grateful to the Wakefield District Primary Care Trust Community Development and Health team for organising the five a side football tournament at Lightwaves Leisure centre when teams competed for the Pride Football trophy. This was won for the second year running by a team from the Harewood Arms. The trophy and medals were presented at the main event on Sunday by the Deputy Mayor. We would also like to thank The Rainbow and The New Union for hosting the Pool tournament which was won by The Rainbow. The Pool trophy was presented on stage by the Deputy Mayor at the awards ceremony. On Friday 10th The Rainbow hosted a charity auction to raise funds for the event and raised £645 so our thanks to The landlady Jackie for this The main event on Sunday was brought about by the efforts of a lot of people so our thanks go to Wakefield District Councillors for having the faith that we could pull it off and WMDC Staff, The WMDC Events Team ,the Neighbourhood Coordinator for Cohesion), Highways for organising the closing of the roads, and the people at Car Parks Health and Safety and Legal Services for the legal stuff. Wakefield & District Housing, the TUC, VOX , Transport and General Workers Union, National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers ,Fire Brigades Union York’s and Humber, Wakefield District Primary Care Trust Community Development and Health team for organising the football, a local businessman, for the pool trophy, The New Union, The Rainbow, VOX for poster design and Mark Hooper for the website, and logo, Robin for technical support, All of these have given us money or services in kind and sometimes both! Thanks to The Rainbow, Bar Zeus, Odyssey and The New Union and for the first time , The Patio, for keeping the 3500 people who attended the event, refreshed and entertained during the day and well into the evening .Thanks too to Madam Connie, Miss Blanche, and Marky Mark ,Kolton a local covers band,and Ramtin a classical flamenco guitarist from Tehran for adding sparkle , keeping the tunes rolling and for their time and talents, given willingly and freely; this event would not be possible without them . Revd Michael Rawson The Vice-Dean of Wakefield Cathedral for Treacy Hall, and Phoenix fireworks who also create the new year celebration display for Londonand to the West Yorkshire Police for keeping us all safe on the day . The main aim of the event is to promote Wakefield as a tolerant and safe place to live • To organise a Pride Festival in Wakefield which celebrates the wide cultural and ethnic diversity of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community in the district, to challenge homophobia and increase the awareness and acceptance of their Human Rights. • Actively promote this through the efforts of the members. • To network with alternative support systems. • Promote our achievements with other community groups, services and agencies. • To encourage local business, statutory bodies and charities to demonstrate their support. We aim to promote an atmosphere of tolerance and respect and to bring different cultures together in the hope of creating a more cohesive society that hopefully will benefit the younger generation in years to come.We hope that next years event on Sunday 10th August will be even bigger and better than this year and would welcome more involvement from local businesses in promoting Wakefield in a positive light. In the first instance contact the Cohesion Team at Wakefield Town Hall on 01924 305180

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