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News: UK

Wed 11 Aug, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Due to the recession and a change of government, it has become more apparent that a large-scale event, as was planned for 2010 is not as viable as first hoped

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Worcester's first ever gay pride festival planned for this summer has been cancelled due to insufficient funds to carry out the celebrations.

Following much deliberation the Pride organisers have decided to pull plans for a large scale LGBT celebration to take place in September as they feared they would not be able to pull off such a big task with the little money they have.

Despite the big plans being postponed until next year in 2011, organisers are still hoping to stage smaller events around the city.

The official Worcester’s Pride site released a statement, which read:

The project plan for Worcester Pride 2010 has gone through many changes due to the major developments that have occurred in Worcester and in the wider area over the past year.

Due to the recession and a change of government, it has become more apparent that a large-scale event, as was planned for 2010 is not as viable as first hoped. In this new period of austerity, many of the statutory bodies that had pledged support in kind and in funding have now had to withdraw their offers due to cutbacks, and loss of staff within their sector.

Hereford & Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service were one of the losses, having now withdrawn £1,500 of funding and the offer of marshals on the day; both offers of support were integral to the project plan. Without the support of Marshalling by the Fire Service the forum were unsure if it would still be able to provide the level of Health and Safety cover required.

Also, a large number of complaints were made against another event held on Worcester Racecourse recently, which would impact on the licensing conditions issued on the Worcester Pride Event licence, most likely ensuring it wouldn’t be granted or several restrictions limiting planned live music.

It has also become more apparent that there is less support than anticipated from other statutory organisations, with a growing unwillingness to engage with the community and group. In some instances publishing figures and facts that were incorrect, and potentially damaging the reputation of the group.

With all this in mind, the Worcester Pride Forum feels it is only right and professional that the large scaleevent is postponed till 2011, allowing failure or cancelling of the event was not an option, we needed toensure that the group were able to provide the event that Worcester deserves. In the mean time planning/organising for 2011 will continue utilising a new more accessible venue, along with continued engagement with voluntary/statutory bodies.

Worcester Pride Forum are now working with smaller venues around Worcester so that LGBT Life can still be celebrated and recognised, and so that the hard work put in by the forum would still be put to use this year.

 

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