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Security stepped up at leading LGBT festival


Jul 22, 2017 #Entertainment, #LGBT

One of the UK’s largest LGBT events is reassuring festival-goers that extra security measures have been put in place for this weekend’s event.

Newcastle Pride, which is sponsored by business improvement district company NE1, will run across the 21-23 July weekend at Newcastle’s Town Moor.

And organisers have announced that increased security measures have been put in place to ensure those attending enjoy a safe weekend in the city.

Extra bag searches will take place and organisers, Northern Pride, are recommending that those attending avoid bringing large bags with them.

Additional security staff will also be present on site, as well as Northumbria Police uniformed officers and armed officers.

Mark Nichols, chair of Northern Pride – the LGBT charity which organises the annual Pride festival – said: “All necessary measures have been put in place to give those celebrating a little extra peace of mind during the Pride weekend.

“This is our tenth year of hosting the free festival and as with all large-scale events, we do ask that attendees remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to a member of staff or security.

“However, we have a strict security plan in place and are working closesly with Northumbria Police to deliver a safe, enjoyable event.

“We hope the North East community will join us in celebrating what is set to be a memorable weekend of music.”

The popular festival, which attracted more than 73,000 visitors and contributed more than £10.4m to the economy in 2016, is returning to Newcastle this weekend, with headliners on the Manchester Airport Main Stage including boyband A1, The X Factor winner, Sam Bailey and girl group, Stooshe.

The event itself is free to attend, however a number of Virgin Money Gold Circle and VIP tickets are available for those who want to guarantee prime viewing spots for the performances on 22 and 23 July.

Details for this year’s festival can be found at www.northern-pride.com or by downloading the free Northern Pride 2017 app on iOS or Android.

By Emily