ORGANISERS of Brighton’s annual Pride festival have paid tribute to campaigner George Montague, who has died aged 98.

Known as the ‘oldest gay in the village’, Mr Montague passed away peacefully yesterday with his husband at his bedside.

He was often seen making an appearance during the festival’s Parade march through the city, riding through on a wheelchair decorated in rainbow colours and carrying a banner which said ‘I’m the oldest gay in the village’.

The Argus: Mr Montague at the last Pride parade in 2019Mr Montague at the last Pride parade in 2019

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove Pride said they were “very sad to learn of the passing of George Montague”.

He said: “George has been a prominent part of our community parade for so many years and it really won’t be quite the same without him.

“He was a tireless activist and his campaigning led to changes in legislation and even a government apology.

“We’ll certainly be waving the rainbow flag for him and won’t forget him.

“Sending love to his husband Somchai and his family. Rest in power George”.

Tributes have been coming in from the LGBTQ+ community in the city, with calls for his memory to be honoured at this year’s Pride event - due to take place in August.

Evan, who didn’t give his last name, said on Twitter that George’s “visibility and campaigning were inspiring”.

He said: “I remember seeing him at my very first Pride and probably every single one since.

“We should honour his memory in this year’s Pride parade.”