It is easy to go through life and never hear much about Gloucestershire. It’s tucked away over in the west somewhere, and Hot Fuzz was set there.
What better reason to visit, though, than to check out the local gays and celebrate gay life? Fortunately for us, Gloucestershire Pride takes place this weekend, 18 June, in the city of Gloucester: a two-hour drive from London or slightly less by train directly from Paddington.
We spoke with Pride chairperson Michael Charlton-Hubble, who tells us, ‘a visit to Gloucester for Gloucestershire Pride is a chance to get away from the fast-paced life of the big city and to relax at a more leisurely pace at a smaller Gay Pride. We like to describe ourselves as “the small Pride with the big heart”. Our parade through central Gloucester is literally a march – no vehicles apart from a police officer on a motorbike and a Rolls Royce with some of the dignitaries.
‘The Pride itself, in the park, is informal, with stage performances by mainly local artists in a “village fete” atmosphere, with competitions for cheese rolling, handbag-throwing and other fun things to try. There will be the usual array of stalls, with charities, community groups and commercial companies represented.’
Gloucestershire Pride starts at noon in Gloucester Park. A parade sets off at 1.00pm, starting outside the Shire Hall in Westgate Street and it runs for about a mile before ending in the park. The event is free of charge.
Photo from Flickr user jamesclay, used with thanks.