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Looking back: Celebrating 40 years of city Pride
7:00pm Tuesday 6th August 2013 in News
Organisers of a rival bid to host Brighton Pride 2000 said they were confident they would win the council’s backing in November 1999.
Pride 2000 pressed ahead with its bid against Brighton Pride Ltd who had run the festival for the previous three years.
Nimrod Ping, co-chairman of Pride 2000, said: “We are very confident we can put up a good case.
“We are the community bid and we have the community behind us.”
In the week beginning November 16 more than 200 people heard 55 businesses and voluntary groups were backing Pride 2000.
But Sue Nichols, director of Brighton Pride Ltd, said: “It’s a commercial take-over. “Despite what they say they don’t have the majority of the backing within the community.”
In the beginning of January 2000 there was the fear that the festival could be scrapped all together as the battle continued.
After a rowbetween the two rival bidders, they failed to come to an agreement and submit a joint proposal.
The time needed to organise the summer festival was running out.
Councillor at the time Ian Duncan said he had always been reluctant to make a choice between the two groups, which he said could end up splitting the gay and lesbian communities.
Fortunately after weeks of wrangling Pride 2000, organisers of the gay pride festival, unveiled their plans in June for the event to be held in July.
It was estimated that 30,000 people poured into Preston Park.
Jamie Jones, acting chairman of Pride in Brighton and Hove, said. “We hope it will be an event that will make us proud to be living in Brighton and Hove.”
In April 1993 Brighton Council decided against a grant bid made by Brighton Outrights for the festival.
The application for £500 in 1993, worth £862.75 today, was turned down by the leading Labour and the Tory opposition.
Council leader Steve Bassam said: “We have decided the application has no priority against the many pressing applications from more worthwhile community organisations.”
The previous year the council gave nearly £5,000 towards the festival.
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