Popular free event is back this summer

by | 1 July 2022 | Community Event, Community Focus, Worksop

Worksop Pride is back for its fifth year and is set to be the biggest event in Worksop this summer. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 9th July on Old Market Square.

The entertainment kicks off from 12.00pm and this year’s host will be Shania Pain, a phenomenal drag act and singer from Liverpool. The event will see the very best of the UK’s tribute acts perform – Natalie Black as Adele, Alex Holt as Freddie Mercury, Leanne Green as Beyonce plus Vengaboyz and Stepz will be taking to the stage. There will also be local community acts such as Katie and Esmé Lucas, Katie and Nathan plus Zebra Dance Studios.

The organisers have always run the event as ‘family friendly’ and this year, for the first time, they can offer a selection of free children’s rides, along with free festival and face painting.

Stalls from organisations such as North Notts BID, Bassetlaw District Council, Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service, Notts Fire and Rescue, Women’s Aid, Co-op Funeralcare, Joel, NASUWT The Teachers’ Union and LGBT+ Service Nottingham will line the streets offering information and support in the community. In addition, there will be stalls with Pride merchandise as well as the Wooley Pig, Quirkby and Unity Clothing.

Shania Pain will be heading to the Queen’s Head when the main event finishes at 6.00pm to perform at the free official aftershow party.

Of course, the parade is back and everyone in the community is welcome to join this which assembles at 11.00am at Worksop Train Station. It will then process along Carlton Road from 11.30am and make its way through Worksop town to the main event. 2019 saw the largest parade, stretching the full length of Bridge Street from top to bottom.

Katie Lucas, co-founder, said: “It was a glorious sight to see the crowds of people in their hundreds waving their rainbow flags, blowing whistles.” The Charter Trustees have also been invited to lead the parade.

Event organiser and founder Crystal Lucas added: “We are excited to be back! Sadly, some LGBT+ people still face prejudices daily, and Worksop Pride gives an opportunity to show support for the community. I recently was asked to talk at a LGBT+ support group and those that had attended Worksop Pride previously said they felt ‘safe’ at the event and it filled me with emotion to think we’d created that kind of environment.

“We are only a small team of volunteers, but we work so well together. I’m very grateful to Philip Jackson for securing the funding to make the event happen and really looking forward to seeing my wife and daughter perform. It’s an amazing feeling seeing so many people come together to enjoy the day – it makes me really emotional to see the success of a dream I once had.

“This will be Worksop’s first pride event since Covid and for many people it’s been a tough couple of years, and lots of people’s lives have changed dramatically. Our family has grown with another little addition and so this year it’s just as important as ever that we mark and celebrate Pride.”

Find out more information at www.worksoppride.co.uk.