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Planning under way for first Newbury Pride

Fundraiser will be held next Saturday

Jonathan Ashby

Jonathan Ashby


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Pride fundraiser in Walkabout

PREPARATIONS are well under way for Newbury Pride’s first big event next summer.

After plans by members of the LGBT community to hold an event earlier this year were cancelled, a Newbury Pride organisation was formed and now plans to have their first event on July 4, 2020.

A route is being negotiated with the council. 

A fundraiser with drag queens, local singers and auctions will be held next Saturday to raise money for the organisation.

It will be at Walkabout in Cheap Street, Newbury, on Saturday, November 30, from 7pm until late.

Committee member Mark Riley said support from the town had been amazing.

“One of our members has been going round to local businesses getting letters of support, and all but one has given one,” he said.

“I was born and grew up in Newbury and being able to have something like this in my local town is amazing.

“We just really want the local people to gather round us and support us and make this a great event. We’re here to support the local community as well, especially youths who don’t feel they can be who they are.”

Tickets for the fundraiser are £5 and must be purchased beforehand from

Newbury Pride holds meet ups on the first Friday of every month, welcome to all.

For more information, see the Facebook group.

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  • louise

    22/11/2019 - 16:40

    Nothing to be proud abot.


    • NoisyNortherner

      25/11/2019 - 09:06

      I'd by lying if I said I was surprised by this comment. Prejudice is alive and well in Newbury evidently.


    • Newbn00b

      22/11/2019 - 19:15

      How about not being prosecuted by the state for loving another consenting adult?


      • NewburyLad

        22/11/2019 - 23:04

        Haven't been for years. So why still banging on about it? Move on, we all have. Why don't you lot.


        • Newbn00b

          23/11/2019 - 08:26

          Oh I see, they haven't been prosecuted for years, yes very good. Why would you begrudge them a celebration of who they are? Also not sure everyone has moved on as hate crimes against LGBT+ people still exists.


        • Newbn00b

          23/11/2019 - 05:48

          What haven't you been to for years?