Hundreds turn out for Sheffield's Pinknic festival

The Pinknic event at the Peace Gardens, Sheffield
The Pinknic event at the Peace Gardens, Sheffield

Hundreds of people have flocked to Sheffield's Peace Gardens as the city's Pinknic event returned.

Music, dancing and a dog show all feature in today's event which runs throughout the day.

In the Peace Gardens, there are food retailers, a bike smoothie making stall and a DJ among the attractions.

At 7.30pm guests can move to Theatre Delicatessen on The Moor for a play and screening.

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.

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

"It sits alongside the longstanding 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."

A Pinknic spokesman said: “Pinknic provides a showcase for what an LGBT inclusive Sheffield will look like – vibrant, exciting and creative.

“It shows we are a visible community which deserves to be taken seriously."