Floods force Gloucester Pride to cancel march

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Major changes have been made to Gloucester Pride due to the devastation caused by the recent floods. The event, due to take place on Saturday, will still go ahead but will be significantly scaled down.

The floods have been the worst experienced in Britain for over 50 years and are estimated to have caused more than £2 billion worth of damage.

Gloucestershire was the worst-hit county and at one point 350,000 people were without running water.

The event’s organisers still wish to mark Rainbow Day and support the local community in anyway they can.

A plan is being formulated to hold an event in the Gloucestershire Guildhall on Saturday.

Organisers are hoping to open the hall earlier than planned and for many of the scheduled events to go ahead.

All the proceeds from the day, minus essential running costs, will then be donated to the Gloucestershire Flood Appeal.

Meanwhile, additional events have been announced for both Manchester and Bradford Pride.

Bradford will host a lesbian and gay version of the BBC’s television programme Dragon’s Den.

The event will take place at 8pm on Saturday 8th September in Bradford’s Candy nightclub and the judging panel will consist of local business leaders.

Doncaster’s Gay/Trans Pride event organisers have released details of the entertainment planned for the staged area.

The event, taking place on Sunday 19th August will kick off at 12 noon and provide visitors to the festival with a line-up of 6 hours of some of the best entertainment around.

The line-up brings a mix of the best local entertainment and a sprinkling of talent from further a field including singing star Lesley Ball from London’s West End show Mamma Mia.

Manchester Pride has announced that the city’s emergency services have signed up to take part in the parade on Saturday 25th August.

Police officers, firefighters and NHS staff will join a whole host of companies and community groups from across the Northwest to celebrate the commitment to equal opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Jackie Crozier, festival manager of Manchester Pride, said: “I’m sure the emergency services will be a big hit with the crowds.

“Firemen in uniform are always going to attract attention, but personally, I’m looking forward to seeing some of the female firefighters!”