Sheffield takes pride despite poor weather

Sheffield Pride parade up Ecclesall Road to Endcliffe Park
Sheffield Pride parade up Ecclesall Road to Endcliffe Park

ORGANISERS of the Sheffield Pride in Endcliffe Park this week declared the festival a success, despite the poor weather hitting the attendance.

Initial estimates put numbers of visitors to the fifth event for the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community at around 7,000, which was down on last year’s 10,000.

For the first time, the festival was preceded by a parade along Ecclesall Road and, also for the first time, an admission of £3 was charged to reflect increasing security costs and the struggle for company donations in the current economic climate.

“It went really well, despite the weather,” said Martin Ward, a member of the organising committee. “There were a lot of people supporting us outside the shops and restaurants on Ecclesall Road, the acts on the main stage went down very well and there was a family atmosphere.

“Obviously the numbers weren’t the same as last year but it felt a lot more fun. It seemed a lot more lively.”

He added: “We’ve had such a great mix of people - a really strong turnout from the LGBT community but also families, young people, older adults, thousands of people coming and going.

Sarah Coxton, aged 34, travelled to the event from Nottingham with her partner and three-year-old son.

She said: “There’s something about Sheffield Pride that feels really community-spirited.”