Doncaster’s first Pride event draws a crowd

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More than a thousand people defied foul weather to take to the streets of Doncaster over the weekend to celebrate the Yorkshire town’s first ever Pride.

The event, organised by Doncaster Partnership Against Homophobia and Transphobia, was held in the Market Place.

Revellers were treated to six hours of live performances as well speeches from local police and council representatives.

There were also fairground rides and a busy market.

A spokesman for the organising committee said: “It was fantastic to see the mixture of different cultures, faiths and communities who came together for the sole purpose of celebrating and having fun.

“Safety was a main concern for the LGBT community and South Yorkshire Police, however what we saw and felt was mutual respect and acceptance of people’s differences, which turned the atmosphere into confidence and excitement, and a very enjoyable event, for which we praise everyone involved.”

The committee has already promised to be back with Pride 2008 and are planning a parade next year.

Organisers were pleased that the event drew straight people and families from the town as well as the LGBT community.