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Sandwell welcomes thousands to its free Pride Picnic

Published 14th June 2022

Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Richard Jones and Mayor’s Consort,  Councillor Richard McVittie with Tiffany Sparkle and Miss Bianca
Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Richard Jones and Mayor’s Consort, Councillor Richard McVittie with Tiffany Sparkle and Miss Bianca

Around 5,000 people visited Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich on Saturday 11 June to attend both Sandwell Council’s Pride Picnic to celebrate Pride Month in Sandwell, and its evening Shine a Light event.

The Pride event included:

•            Little Mix and Kylie tribute acts
•            Fairground rides
•            A community walk around Dartmouth Park from 11:30am
•            Food and drink
•            Live drag queen performances and
•            LGBTQ+ information stalls.
 

Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Richard Jones, said:

“I am so pleased to have had the honour of attending Sandwell’s first pride celebration at the weekend especially as it was being held 50 years after the first Pride protest. As Sandwell’s first openly gay mayor, my consort and partner Cllr Richard McVittie and I were amazed by the amount of people that came along to support the event. It had a great family friendly community led atmosphere. I was overwhelmed by the supportive comments on the day and since. I want to thank all the Sandwell Council staff and partners that have worked tirelessly to organise this amazing event but most of all I want thank all those that attended. Thank you for making Sandwell history and making it such a memorable day!”
 

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