Colourful Doncaster Pride hailed as town’s ‘biggest party ever’

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015      L>R Chelsea Dagger, Gloria H, Ellis Leonard, Dee Colby

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015 L>R Chelsea Dagger, Gloria H, Ellis Leonard, Dee Colby

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Thousands of people turned out for a colourful Pride event in the ‘biggest party Doncaster has ever seen.’

A ‘Walk of Unity’, led by people carrying mining banners and The City of SheffieldPipe Band, wound its way through the town centre from Market Place to Sir Nigel Gresley Square to kick off the street festival on Saturday.

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015      L>R Bridie Thompson, Glenda Bender, Caroline Flint MP for Don Valley, Stephanie Nightwalker, Catt Rushby

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015 L>R Bridie Thompson, Glenda Bender, Caroline Flint MP for Don Valley, Stephanie Nightwalker, Catt Rushby

Live music acts performed on the main stage and shoppers browsed stalls at a Rainbow Market as part of the event, organised by volunteers for charity Doncaster Pride to celebrate the LGBT community and unity.

Organisers have praised those who attended for making this year’s event a success - despite thunderstorms that followed blazing sunshine.

“What an amazing day!”, said a statement on the Pride website.

“You came out in your thousands to be a part of Doncaster Pride and even the weather didn’t stop the biggest party Doncaster has ever seen.

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015     arriving at the Waterdale

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015 arriving at the Waterdale

“Thank you and see you all next year.”

Revellers also praised the festival with one describing it as the ‘best experience of my life.’

Others called for the event to become a two day celebration, as in other cities such as Manchester.

The headliner of the free festival was pop singer Sonique, sponsored by Doncaster gay ­bar Crystals, and several tribute acts as well as other artists also took to the stage.

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015        Jamie Booth, Dylan Carter

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015 Jamie Booth, Dylan Carter

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015     L>R Chloe Surgey age 15, Sara Ferarnley age 15, Casey Jane Pawson age 15, Ameila Johnson age 15 from Camps Mount School

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015 L>R Chloe Surgey age 15, Sara Ferarnley age 15, Casey Jane Pawson age 15, Ameila Johnson age 15 from Camps Mount School

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015     L>R Beth Elliott, Adam Lambert from the Hall Cross Pub

NDFP - Doncaster Pride 2015 L>R Beth Elliott, Adam Lambert from the Hall Cross Pub

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