FIFE PRIDE SET TO RETURN AFTER HUGELY SUCCESSFUL INAUGURAL YEAR
Saturday 7th July 2018 set for the next Pride event
Organisers have confirmed the date of the second Fife Pride event in the Kingdom as Saturday 7th July 2018. They’ve also released research which supports the case for Pride to be an annual event in the Fife calendar.
In a survey of 448 Pride attendees, over 90% rated the event as Excellent or Good and more than 1 in 10 people came from outside Fife, a potential tourism bonanza for Fife’s hotels and restaurants next year if the event grows further as expected.
Following the estimated 3,500 people who turned out to support Fife’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community earlier in the summer, the Pride team now hope to repeat the success of the first major LGBT event in Fife.
The Pride Board has added new blood following a period of consultation and recruitment from within the community, including meetings in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes held in September. Around 30 people have already volunteered to get involved in organising the event for next year.
Speaking to Pink Saltire, one of the organising team, Stuart Duffy, said:
“We were delighted with the response from Fifers to our new Pride event this summer, partly down to the success of our partnership with Pink Saltire and others. There’s a lot of work goes into planning an event of this size and we’re so pleased to have more people coming forward to get involved. The new team will be meeting later this month and then it’s full steam ahead!”
Although the date of Pride has been confirmed, organisers remain tight-lipped about the venue for the 2018 festival and march, with a decision likely at the end of the year.
A survey of people attending Pride was completed by nearly 450 people, the largest sample of data ever for the LGBT community in Fife. The results are very positive, with an estimated £150,000 being spent in the local economy, benefitting Kirkcaldy businesses and travel providers. The research also shows that nearly half of those attending had never been to a Pride event before.
Fife Council, who gave £4,500 from the local Kirkcaldy Area Committee to the first event, have now committed to multi-year funding to keep Pride going and organisers will meet with Council officials in the coming months to work out exactly how the Council can help maintain and grow the event.
The Fife Pride team are encouraging everyone to add the date to their diary and to follow their Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest news.
Pic credits: Dunfermline Camera Club