NEW PRIDE EVENT SET TO BRING CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY TO EAST LOTHIAN

East Lothian is set to share in the recent boom in Scottish LGBT Pride events as organisers hail the launch of “Pride Saltire”.

The festival is due to be held at the historic Cockenzie House, outside Edinburgh and could be the 9th Pride event in Scotland in 2018.

A launch event has been set for 17th February with organisers hoping for a strong turnout.

“There hasn’t been any events for a few years here in East Lothian” says John Johnston, one of the organisers, “so we decided it was time to do something about that! We decided to settle on the Pride Saltire name since East Lothian is the home of the Scottish saltire flag and it made it unique to us. We’ve also worked with Ross High School in Tranent, who came up with a brilliant logo for us.”

He continued, “we believe there is a real value in creating these community events. People around here need to travel into Edinburgh for any LGBT groups, especially for adults. We want to bring a wider outreach and engagement to the people of East Lothian in a warm and friendly environment. The 17th century Cockenzie House and Gardens is the ideal place for a fantastic Pride event, with so many spaces inside and out. It’ll be quite a unique place for a Pride event in Scotland, that’s for sure!”

Young people at Ross High have also contributed their ideas to help plan the event, which will help organisers put on an event that meets the needs of everyone in East Lothian.

If you’d like to get involved with Pride Saltire, please send your details by email to pridesaltire@gmail.com

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