ANOTHER seaside town in Sussex is looking to follow in Brighton's footsteps and host its own Pride event next year.

Organisers are hoping to attract people from all over the south-east to Hastings and St Leonards for what they are calling ‘a celebration of diversity'.

Pride in Brighton attracts millions of visitors annually and earlier this year The Argus reported that Eastbourne was also planning a small-scale version next summer.

Now Hastings has confirmed the date – August 27, bank holiday Sunday – and a colourful launch has already taken place in the town centre.

Natasha Scott, one of the organisers, said: "We have a very clear message – that Hastings embraces diversity in all forms – and the purpose is to bring everyone together.

"Hastings is a very diverse town culturally and I love that. It should never be about who we are, but what we do and the intent behind our actions that should be the only thing that ever truly matters in life.

"The interest and support has been just amazing. Businesses, police, voluntary organisations and the borough council have all shown a willingness to help and to be involved.

"This is lovely to see, especially when we all think about the divisions everyone has seen in our society in the last few months.

"Some of the hate we have seen directed towards small minority groups has been truly awful and totally unacceptable in our society today.

"This is our community’s opportunity to stand up and show that Hastings PRIDE 2017 is something we should embrace and be truly proud to do so.

"The LGBT community flying the rainbow flag proudly is synonymous with fighting for equality and we will use it not to just promote LGBT equality but equally in all forms of diversity."

Organisers are hoping there will be a parade in the town centre before a big party at Alexandra Park, Hastings.

The streets of Hastings came to life with colour and sound for the launch party.

The day was organised by Sussex Concepts (CIC), Hastings Youth Council along with Natasha Scott and saw Nikki Bockerglory as hostess.

Special guest Judy Howson, the official LGBT Poet Laureate, spoke along with a myriad of diverse musicians and performers entertaining throughout the day.