City hands £2K cash boost to Pride Canterbury

The Pride Canterbury procession in St Peter's Street

Councillors have approved a £2,000 grant to the organisers of the annual Pride Canterbury event.

Now in its third year, the festival committee requested the money to buy and equip a marquee to stand a as focal point for the thousands of people expected to descend on the Dane John Gardens this summer.

Pride chairman Edd Withers said: “People come from across south-east England for the event and we feel that our presence should look and feel more professional.

“At the moment all we’ve got is a little Argos £40 pop-up gazebo. If we are able to buy a larger one, then we will be able to host our information point and host tourist information for people unfamiliar with Canterbury.”

MP Rosie Duffield addresses the Pride throng

The city council’s Canterbury Area Member Panel approved the grant at its meeting in the Guildhall tonight (Monday).

Committee chairman Cllr Terry Westgate said: “I’m all for granting this money. It will help the event grow and become even better.”

Mr Withers added that the marquee would be made available for use by other organisations.

Last year’s Pride event proved hugely popular and took place on one of the hottest days of that summer.

In addition to music and other forms of entertainment, the festival saw newly elected Labour MP Rosie Duffield address the crowd just two days after her election as Canterbury’s first Labour MP.

This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, June 9.


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