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Pride returns to Stroud

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Visitors to this year’s Stroud Pride picnic in Park Gardens dodged the showers to enjoy an afternoon of music and entertainment.

Morgan Wheeler-Turner tries on an outfit at the Cotswold Canals Connected stall.

“We’re celebrating equality and acceptance in Stroud,” said organiser Craig Johnson.

Nicola Shilton and Rose Snook of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust with Emma and Abby from Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service, Robin Agascar MBE of Gay Glos and Carol McIndoe of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the LGBT+ Partnership stall.

“LGBT+ Partnership is here along with a few other organisations – Stroud Against Racism, Cotswold Canals Connected, Creative Sustainability – and we also have a raffle with 56 prizes that were very generously donated,” he added.

Founders of Stroud Pride, John and Chris Copley-Hammond, with Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie.

Stroud Red Band got the event underway, and other acts included Robynne Calvert and Up The Bug.

Michelle Chatham and Emma Calcutt from Stroud Against Racism.

This year’s Pride is the third such event and returns after a year’s absence due to the pandemic.

Organiser Craig Johnson (centre) with Michelle Mitford, treasurer, Sean Batten, secretary, David Shallcross and Fanny Ann.
Stroud Red Band opened the event.
Kai Rayton with Michael Jones, also known as Neon Love.

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