PICS: Worksop Pride-goers paint the town Rainbow

More than one thousand people turned out to the historic event.
More than one thousand people turned out to the historic event.

A historic event was enjoyed by hundreds as residents from all over the district gathered to celebrate Worksop’s first ever Gay Pride festival.

The groundbreaking celebration of diversity took place at the town’s Masonic Hall on Sunday, July 10.

Tracey and Anna having a good time.

Tracey and Anna having a good time.

Donned in fancy dress and face paints, LGBT people and supporters alike came together to show solidarity and and be entertained by an array of performance acts such as Adele tribute Hometown Glory and were also treated to a Pride after party at The Corner House pub.

Bassetlaw District Council demonstrated their support for the event by raising the LGBT flag over the town hall and adorning the high street with rainbow flags to mark the occasion.

It was an emotional day for the festival’s founder and organiser, Crystal Lucas, who launched the project alone and completely from scratch earlier this year.

Crystal, who quickly gained support from residents and businesses in the area who stepped up to help make her dream a reality, said: “In my eyes, the event went perfectly. ::

Performer at Worksop Pride delights the cheering crowds.

Performer at Worksop Pride delights the cheering crowds.

“For the last three months I have lived and breathed Worksop Pride from the moment I woke until the last thought before sleep.

“I naively thought it would be easy but it has taken a lot of focus, effort, drive and vision to pull it off.

“Having said that- to see everyone stood there, enjoying themselves and supporting the LGBT community, it was 100 per cent worth it.

“If I have made a difference to one person in the Worksop community, I would happily do it all again.”

Visitors painted rainbows on their faces in solidarity.

Visitors painted rainbows on their faces in solidarity.

Celebrity guest and former Emmerdale actress Alicya Eyo jumped at the chance to be involved with the event.

She said: “I think it’s important for LGBT people in smaller communities to have a chance to party and celebrate and support each other and get together.

“Especially for younger people coming out- I think visibility is really important. And also for our straight friends to show their support.”

Councillor Simon Greaves, Leader at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “It was a great pleasure to attend Worksop’s first ever Pride event along with many other Bassetlaw residents and members of the LGBT community to celebrate diversity and unity in our district.

LGBT people and LGBT supporters alike turned out to the event.

LGBT people and LGBT supporters alike turned out to the event.

“It was a fantastic day with a great atmosphere that had plenty going on to keep the whole family entertained.

“The town centre has been flooded with colour over the last week as local businesses have flown the Rainbow flag in support of the event, and I hope that this can become a regular fixture.

“I would like to thank all the organisers for doing a fantastic job.”

During the festival, Crystal announced to a delighted crowd that Worksop Pride 2017 was already in the works.
If you’re interested in getting involved, email worksoppride@hotmail.com.

You can find Worksop Pride online at www.WorksopPride.co.uk, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorksopPride and Twitter @WorksopPride.

Some visitors donned fancy dress- like this group of friends dressed as characters from popular Netflix drama Orange is the New Black.

Some visitors donned fancy dress- like this group of friends dressed as characters from popular Netflix drama Orange is the New Black.

Festival organiser Crystal Lucas and Bassetlaw District Council chairman Jim Anderson.

Festival organiser Crystal Lucas and Bassetlaw District Council chairman Jim Anderson.