Two-day Brighton Pride plans shelved at last minute

The Argus: Brighton Pride plans shelved at last minute Brighton Pride plans shelved at last minute

Plans to turn Brighton Pride into a two-day seafront event have been put on hold.

Brighton and Hove City Council was due to discuss the newset-up for the UK’s largest LGBT at a meeting on Thursday.

But at the 11th hour, Pride bosses decided to shelve the proposal, citing administrative and timing issues.

Pride chief executive Trevor Edwards told The Argus he was not ruling out a future move to the seafront.

He said: “We were looking into moving the event to Madeira Drive and asked the council to look at it.

“However, after discussions we decided that it was in the best interests of Pride to keep the event in Preston Park for 2013.”

The future of Pride was in doubt last year following problems with the event’s funding.

They were eventually given the all clear in March, leaving a race against time to put the event together.

Mr Edwards added: “If we went ahead with the plans to move to the seafront we wouldn’t have had a decision until January.

“As a result we would have been running on the same schedule as last year.”

The move would have seen the event spread across two days.

It was hoped the shift would reduce infrastructure costs as well as attract more passing trade.

Organisers explained how they hoped to run the event much like Manchester Pride, which sees a whole street closed off and ticketed.

With Pride spread across two days, the event was also expected to be calmer.

The council’s economic development and culture committee were due to agree to the plans until Pride requested the issue was removed from the meeting’s agenda.

In a letter to Pride partners, Mr Edwards said: “This note is to let you know that after speaking to a number of people and partners, gathering costs and assessing health and safety information for a potential move to the seafront, the decision has been taken to remain in Preston Park for Pride 2013.

“Whilst there was much favourable response to the idea of utilising the seafront there were also many practical problems that would not have been remedied in time.”

Mr Edwards added: “We are constantly reviewing Pride and trying to make it the best it can be.

“There are no immediate plans to move Pride 2014 to the seafront but we are not ruling it out.”

Pride 2013 is set for August 3.

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5:43pm Sat 17 Nov 12

minnie&teddy says...

we hope the proposed plans for pride to move to the seafront will not happen as there is enough upheaval as it is,so please keep it to preston park.
we hope the proposed plans for pride to move to the seafront will not happen as there is enough upheaval as it is,so please keep it to preston park. minnie&teddy

6:06pm Sat 17 Nov 12

leobrighton says...

Moving it to Madeira Drive would result in less disruption hopefully and the street party could be got rid of. Hopefully we will see this in 2014
Moving it to Madeira Drive would result in less disruption hopefully and the street party could be got rid of. Hopefully we will see this in 2014 leobrighton

9:20pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

This is a good idea and should be put in place ASAP
This is a good idea and should be put in place ASAP Hove Actually

9:55pm Sat 17 Nov 12

B Town Gal says...

Holding Pride on Maderia Drive would make much more sense. Pride should be in the heart of the gay quarter.

I loved Pride up until a few years ago but it's really lost its sparkle recently. Someone needs to step up to the mark and put Brighton Pride back on the radar. This is a tourist town after all and we need the money it can bring.
Holding Pride on Maderia Drive would make much more sense. Pride should be in the heart of the gay quarter. I loved Pride up until a few years ago but it's really lost its sparkle recently. Someone needs to step up to the mark and put Brighton Pride back on the radar. This is a tourist town after all and we need the money it can bring. B Town Gal

8:41am Sun 18 Nov 12

ruberducker says...

weve already had queer-on the -pier,and it was scrapped becuase they said it upset the apple cart,keep it in the park!
weve already had queer-on the -pier,and it was scrapped becuase they said it upset the apple cart,keep it in the park! ruberducker

8:59am Sun 18 Nov 12

BURIRAM says...

Brighton seafront would be to busy at this time of year anyway with the day trippers, keep it as it is.
Brighton seafront would be to busy at this time of year anyway with the day trippers, keep it as it is. BURIRAM

12:34pm Sun 18 Nov 12

clubrob6 says...

Although moving pride to the seafront and making it a 2 day event sounds good,it would also cause less disruption to the rest of the city,i think it would have to be moved from first weekend in august to say first weekend in sept like it was this year.Basically august the seafront is full of tourists.Isupport the move in priciple as it makes it brighton and hoves pride and includes like this years event did the local gay scene.The event actually made money this year as it included the actual brighton scene which the organisers of the few years befor that forgot and were more interested in keeping themselves in a full time job rather than leaving money for charity.This year with wild fruit,revenge,legend
s etc back on the park the SOUL was returned to our local pride.Leave the event in preston park next year you could even make that a 2 day event too making sunday more of a family day but in future moving to the seafront in sept sounds good as long as local resident agree.Whatever happens this years organisers shows our pride is in safe hands benefitting both gay and straight buisnesses unlike the previous organisers who brought in outside contacts etc ignoring the fact it was supposed to be brighton and hoves pride.
Although moving pride to the seafront and making it a 2 day event sounds good,it would also cause less disruption to the rest of the city,i think it would have to be moved from first weekend in august to say first weekend in sept like it was this year.Basically august the seafront is full of tourists.Isupport the move in priciple as it makes it brighton and hoves pride and includes like this years event did the local gay scene.The event actually made money this year as it included the actual brighton scene which the organisers of the few years befor that forgot and were more interested in keeping themselves in a full time job rather than leaving money for charity.This year with wild fruit,revenge,legend s etc back on the park the SOUL was returned to our local pride.Leave the event in preston park next year you could even make that a 2 day event too making sunday more of a family day but in future moving to the seafront in sept sounds good as long as local resident agree.Whatever happens this years organisers shows our pride is in safe hands benefitting both gay and straight buisnesses unlike the previous organisers who brought in outside contacts etc ignoring the fact it was supposed to be brighton and hoves pride. clubrob6

3:21pm Sun 18 Nov 12

martyt says...

B Town Gal wrote:
Holding Pride on Maderia Drive would make much more sense. Pride should be in the heart of the gay quarter.

I loved Pride up until a few years ago but it's really lost its sparkle recently. Someone needs to step up to the mark and put Brighton Pride back on the radar. This is a tourist town after all and we need the money it can bring.
when was this money brought in ,not seen this years figures but up too this year pride was losing tones of money ,and blocked up huge amounts of brighton and cost traders money and who pays the clean up bill ?,and before you moan ,i feel the same about anything that cuts money off from traders that are the life blood of brighton
[quote][p][bold]B Town Gal[/bold] wrote: Holding Pride on Maderia Drive would make much more sense. Pride should be in the heart of the gay quarter. I loved Pride up until a few years ago but it's really lost its sparkle recently. Someone needs to step up to the mark and put Brighton Pride back on the radar. This is a tourist town after all and we need the money it can bring.[/p][/quote]when was this money brought in ,not seen this years figures but up too this year pride was losing tones of money ,and blocked up huge amounts of brighton and cost traders money and who pays the clean up bill ?,and before you moan ,i feel the same about anything that cuts money off from traders that are the life blood of brighton martyt

12:57pm Mon 19 Nov 12

mmmm cakes says...

This idea is rubbish and designed to cash in on more money.

1) maderia drive is not beig enough to accomodate the 50,000 people that were at the park this year (I believe max capacity is arounf 22k)

2) I assume they would want to do away with the street party which is actually the only part of community left in PRIDE (probably as they cant charge people, all I see is dollar signs in their eyes)

3) Remeber the shambolic Fatboy Slim gig there a few years ago?!?

4) If Pride is a COMMUNITY event have the LGBT community been consulted about the change.... No is the answer to that one.
This idea is rubbish and designed to cash in on more money. 1) maderia drive is not beig enough to accomodate the 50,000 people that were at the park this year (I believe max capacity is arounf 22k) 2) I assume they would want to do away with the street party which is actually the only part of community left in PRIDE (probably as they cant charge people, all I see is dollar signs in their eyes) 3) Remeber the shambolic Fatboy Slim gig there a few years ago?!? 4) If Pride is a COMMUNITY event have the LGBT community been consulted about the change.... No is the answer to that one. mmmm cakes

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