Pride Event News
Last year we had our biggest ever crowds in the Square - resulting in some issues with overcrowding, site cleansing, crowd safety and discarded glass.
So for your comfort and more importantly everyone’s safety we have no choice but to change the layout of the event and impose some restrictions on the day.
We will be extending the site as much as possible and relocating some of the stalls, the bars and food will move to the edges of the new larger area, providing a bigger crowd space and better, safer viewing.
We will be creating entry and exit points for the Square which allows us to fence the site for everyone’s safety as unfortunately we live in times where hostile vehicles can pose a threat to large crowds and we are required to do this to minimise any threat.
We will also then use these entrances to restrict the bringing in of alcohol.
We appreciate this may not be a welcome change, however the excessive amounts of glass brought into the area over the last few years leaves us with no alternative.
Despite our repeated requests to refrain from bringing glass into the site we have seen lots of people ignore this request, we are sorry to say the actions of those of you that have brought glass into the area now makes it necessary for us to put a ban on any alcohol, in any form, being brought into the site.
We know many of you enjoy the day responsibly, and we’ve done everything possible to avoid the alcohol ban, but the amount of glass - much of it broken - plastic bottles, cans, and general litter, present a major issue with the safety of the event and visitors to it.
We know you will understand that delivering a pride event is the main thing here and without these changes we may not have had a pride at all.
Your safety and security is far more important to us than anything and we will do our utmost to make sure the event - which remains free - is the best yet!
We have spoken with the bar providers and prices will remain the same as last year.
So please understand we are doing what we can and that we have no choice but to make these changes, this was an inevitable result due to people ignoring our instructions of the last few years.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and ongoing support, and please help us to inform your friends.