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Congleton Pride is making its fabulous return to Congleton town centre on Saturday 23rd July, with a packed line-up of entertainment from 10am until late.

Town centre roads will be closed to allow a full day of family fun – including live entertainment on an outdoor stage and a variety of stalls and activities throughout the day.

An evening ticketed event (18+) will be held inside Congleton Town Hall, where rainbow colours will be added to the display of heraldic banners currently in place for the Congleton 750 celebrations.

Ronan Clayton, chair of Congleton Pride, said: “This year Pride will be our best ever with some fantastic acts on in the day and the evening, and lots of activities for old and young.

“We hope all of Congleton will come and join in to share this celebration and of course there will be rides for the children, food, drink and shopping as well as the live shows.” 

Congleton Pride celebrates diversity and inclusion for LGBT people, and has grown since the first event in 2019 to be one of the highlights of the summer.

Trustee Richard Walton said: “We are very excited to have partnered with the Maker’s Market this year to run the stalls for Pride, and there will be lots of your favourite crafts and food stalls available as well as the community stalls.” 

The free outdoors stage show will begin with a kids’ disco by Sam Wilson and magic show by Nick Barnes.

This will be followed by live performances from a wide variety of acts including singers, an acrobat, dancers, a comedian and drag queens.

The evening event is styled as a variety show, headlined by Abba tribute band Abbasolute Dreams and featuring No Fit State and Rowen Kimpton.

Local drag queen Stella Black – who will host the evening event – said: “I’m incredibly excited for this year’s event and it’s sure to be the biggest one yet!

“Seeing the town flooded with Pride flags and colour is a highlight of the year for me.

“Congleton Pride is something for everyone to enjoy and I can’t wait to see what the team has put together.”

Congleton’s churches will also be taking part, and more than ever will be joining this year.

Rev Murray George of Congleton URC is organising the ‘Churches at Pride’ stand.

He commented: “I am really delighted that, in this, the third year that Churches in Congleton have joined Congleton Pride, the number of churches represented continues to grow.

“We are looking forward to the day immensely.” 

Cllr Kay Wesley of Congleton Town Council said: “Pride is about celebrating diversity and including and respecting everyone.

“The message is: be who you are and love who you love, and I hope everyone will join in and have a fantastic day.”

 


Congleton Pride starts at 10am on Saturday 23rd July.

For more information and tickets for the evening event go to: www.congletonpride.co.uk


 

 

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