First Pride weekend to be held in Burnley

Burnley will be hosting its first Pride weekend this summer

Burnley will be hosting its first Pride weekend this summer

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Burnley is to host East Lancashire’s first Pride weekend.

The event will take place over the May bank holiday weekend in Burnley town centre, with a two-day community expo event at Burnley Library with pride parties taking place at Smackwater Jacks.

Smackwater Jacks will play host to the Pride weekend

Smackwater Jacks will play host to the Pride weekend

Burnley Pride will officially start with a two-day community expo event at Burnley Library on Friday May 27th, and a Pride Launch Party will take place at Smackwater Jacks from 9 pm.

On Sunday,May 29th, the Pride event will come to a close at Smackwater Jacks from 9 pm with the closing party.

All events over the weekend are free to attend and for the pride parties at Smackwater Jacks attendees will have to be 18 years or older.

Organisers East Lancashire Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgender is a group that currently meets in Burnley Library and in Colne once a month for social gatherings. The group recently started an LGBT night at Smackwater Jacks in Burnley.

We have other Pride events in the UK so why not Burnley?

Simon Clark

Simon Clark chairman of the group said: “ An LGBT community group has been missing from the East Lancashire area for so long. We have other Pride events in the UK so why not Burnley? We are calling on the East Lancashire community to come out and support us and let’s bring new and exciting things to Burnley”.

If any local businesses or charities can offer assistance to the East Lancashire LGBT Team or would like a community space at the Community Expo they can contact them on 01282 540 141 or email hello@eastlancashirelgbt.com or visit www.eastlancashirelgbt.com