VIDEO: Crowds flocked to Sheffield for annual Pinknic

Hundreds of revellers flocked to Sheffield city centre in glorious sunshine for the annual Pinknic festival.

The festival of music, dance, art and fun activities, in the Peace Gardens, was held to help raise awareness of organiser LGBT Sheffield, a volunteer-led group attempting to give the city a unique, centralised and shared lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identity.

The Peace Gardens gear up for the Pinknic Festival

The Peace Gardens gear up for the Pinknic Festival

Visitors enjoyed dance lessons, a dog show and a variety of stalls while basking in the sunshine and listening to the music,

The event was opened by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Talib Hussian.

He told the crowd: “Sheffield welcomes everybody whatever their age, race or sexuality.

“Over the years we have seen the LGBT population become more visible and it is tempting to think that the battle is won, but so much remains to be done in securing right for LGBT people and ensuring that they can live free of violence, intimidation and secrecy.

Joel, Vermilda and Genesia

Joel, Vermilda and Genesia

“The fight against homophobia is a core part of the broader battle of human rights for all.

“It sits alongside the long-standing work of this council in eliminating racism and promoting gender equality.

“We want a city that is free and equal and we can only honour that promise is everyone, without exception, enjoys the protection they deserve.

“This council is committed to protecting everyone from discrimination.”

The Peace Gardens gear up for the Pinknic Festival

The Peace Gardens gear up for the Pinknic Festival

Kath Housley, chairman of LGBT Sheffield, said the organisation was working towards opening community centre in the city centre.

She added: “We are striving to put the LGBT community back into Sheffield and make it more visible.”

Nicola and Lynda on their stand

Nicola and Lynda on their stand