The organisers of Bury Pride said this year’s event was a “fantastic day” as even more revellers joined the celebration.

Bury Pride, which has been held as a full-scale event in the town centre since 2016, took place on Saturday with hundreds of people turning out to celebrate and show support for the LGBTQ community.

The event is the borough’s main celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and helps bring diversity and inclusivity to the town. 

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This year, it was held on Knowsley Street near the town hall, where stall holders, food and drink vendors and a main stage of entertainment acts performed all day. 

Pride organisers say the Mill Gate saw an increase in footfall of 21 per cent on last year and even more visitors on the main stage, which was headlined this year by RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant and performer, Divina De Campo.

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The Walking Rainbow Parade also wound through the heart of Bury in the afternoon with support from local community organisations and local businesses coming together joining in to show their support.

A festival spokesperson said: "It was a fantastic day.

"This year saw a change in the format of how we deliver Pride, with the event being entirely outside and featuring a later stage time.

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“The weather has been great, and everyone has raved about how much fun they have had.

"The feedback we've received already has been phenomenal and we couldn't ask for anything nicer."

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The event was also a hit with attendees with one saying: “It was my first time attending Bury Pride and it was such a good day.

“The weather was luckily lovely and the performances throughout the day were very entertaining, and hundreds of people joined in singing and dancing along to the songs.

“It was just a very happy and positive day for Bury and I definitely will be attending again in the future.”

The festival added it was already organising next year’s event and is preparing for an upcoming "Rainbow Train" with the East Lancashire Railway, which is expected to take place later this year. 

The special event sees the train depart from Rawtenstall, continuing the Pride Party back to Bolton Street Station, Bury, with appearances from House of Bridget’s Queens before the after-party until late at The House of Bridget.