Worksop Pride is growing and getting ready to paint the town rainbow

by | 1 July 2023 | Community Event, Worksop

With such a fantastic response to last year’s event, organisers couldn’t deny Worksop another opportunity for people to come together to support Pride.

Worksop Pride will be taking place on Saturday 8th July 2023 and the team hope it will help to raise awareness of important issues in the community, as well as offering support from services in the area. Their aim is to ensure that it remains a completely free event for all the family to attend and with the help of the main sponsors of the event ‘Charter Trustees’ and ‘North Notts BID’ it’s been possible for the event to happen for a sixth time.

The parade will assemble at Worksop Train Station from 11.00am before it begins the colourful walk into town towards Old Market Square for the main event, which starts from 12.00pm.
In addition to live entertainment, there will also be a market area, a selection of free children’s fairground rides, a bar area and food outlets.

This year’s Worksop Pride will be even bigger and better than previously and this year has an additional second stage located on Bridge Street from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. This will be hosted by Emma Maezin and features a mixture of professional singers plus acts from the community. Don’t miss Shab, Ashley Paul, Kian Butler, General Waste, Maureen McManus and Tiggy Hawke.

In addition, ‘The Crossing’ will be hosting a family area. The Lockside will be hosting this year’s afterparty from 6.00pm with Eva Waye performing.

Hosting this year’s main event is returning Drag favourite ‘Vivian Twist’. The line-up sees Esmé Lucas starting off the proceedings followed by British actress, star of Bad Girls, Casualty and Emmerdale, Nicole Faraday. Taking a break from his Blackpool shows, Anthony Collesso is returning with his powerhouse vocals, followed by tribute acts Almost P!NK and Do It Like Dua. This year also sees the amazingly talented artist Angie Brown had hits in the 90s with Bizarre Inc: ‘I’m Gonna Get You Baby’ and ‘Playing with Knives’. Finishing off the Greatest Day will be ‘Take This’, a tribute act to Take That!

Crystal Lucas, event organiser and founder, commented: “Seeing so many people come together on the day of the event, able to be themselves, surrounded by family and friends, having the confidence to express themselves, seeing the community come together, just makes everything worthwhile.

“I’m very thankful to Katie and Philip Jackson for always believing in me. My aim has always been to bring together a community of acceptance but also to help raise awareness of important issues. As a same sex parent, I wanted my daughter (and now son) to grow up in a community that was more open minded. Someone once asked me if the ‘LGBT’ stood for ‘Let’s Get Better Together’ and although it doesn’t, I think it’s a really nice way of looking at what we’re trying to achieve.”