200 people attend Wellingborough’s first ever Pride event

The Pride picnic in Wellingborough
The Pride picnic in Wellingborough

About 200 people attended a town’s first ever Pride event.

Wellingborough’s LGBT Alliance organised the Pride picnic at Castle Fields park in the town on Saturday afternoon.

The Pride picnic in Castle Fields, Wellingborough

The Pride picnic in Castle Fields, Wellingborough

The group wanted to do something following the success of its recent vigil in the town centre to remember the victims of the Orlando club shooting.

Marion Turner-Hawes, who is a member of the group as well as part of the Castle Fields Community Group, said: “What an amazing time we all had at the LGBT Pride picnic in the park, Wellingborough’s first ever Pride event.

“About 200 people came along throughout the day.

“It was such a lovely chilled out gathering for friends, families and lots of loved ones, and we received such great support from across the Wellingborough community.

“Castle Fields park, and the bandstand particularly, looked resplendent decked out in all the rainbow flags.”

Marion has thanked everyone who supported the event, including Paul, Jess, Esme and Derek who performed at the event, all those who volunteered to help put the picnic on and the event organiser John McIntyre.

She added: “Finally, all the people from the LGBT Alliance would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends from the police who came along to meet us and to make sure we were all safe, thank you.”

The Wellingborough LGBT Alliance was set up after last year’s election and meets every month at Castello Lounge in Wellingborough.

The next social get-together will be at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 1.