Scotland’s first Pride on a Scottish island is ready for launch this weekend on the Isle of Bute, featuring a huge 100ft rainbow flag!
Rothesay is ready to host visitors from all over the country as they descend on the tiny community for a weekend celebrating the LGBT community and diversity.
Organiser, Brody Jamieson, who runs the Scottish Honky-Tonk bar on the island, told us:
“It’s finally here and everyone on the island is talking about this weekend – there’s a real buzz of excitement! The community has really been so supportive, with businesses getting involved and the interest has been incredible. I’m so proud of how this island has embraced the event and I hope everyone, whether a Bute resident or visiting for the weekend, has a fantastic Pride.”
‘The Bute Pride Weekender’ kicks off with a welcome party on Friday 15th at 9pm in the Honky-Tonk with DJ Tam spinning the beats as everyone settles in to island life! There’s also live music at The Port Inn with Jim Macaulay from 9pm too.
On Saturday 16th, events get underway with a Pride Parade from the Bute Boat Club at 12.30pm then marching through Rothesay, ending near the ferry terminal. FREE wristbands must be picked up from venues in advance, a measure to ensure public safety at this first event. A giant 100ft rainbow flag has been produced and will be held by marchers as they parade through the town.
A full day of fun and entertainment awaits in many of the local bars and venues, including the Bute Ceilidh Band at The Port Inn from 2pm and later it’s entertainment from the Queens of Mass Destruction – aka Miss Lilly Minogue and Barbara LaBush, some of Scotland’s finest drag talent, at the Scottish Honky-Tonk.
Then on Sunday, for the eager beavers who want to shake off the hangover, there’s a special Pride Short Hike, organised by the team at Ayrshire LGBTQ, starting at 11.45am at Guildford Square.
The event has been widely supported by the island community, with local businesses stepping up to get involved in the first event, through sponsorship and offers of practical help.
Bute Councillor and Provost of Argyll & Bute Council, Len Scoullar, told us:
“People make a place great. Bute’s scenery and lifestyle of course are important factors in why people choose to be here. Overall though, people matter most. We take pride (excuse the pun) in extending a welcome to all with a part to play in making it a great place to live, work and visit.”
Local independent Councillor, Jean Moffat also added her support and said:
“This island is happily home to many and varied groups of people – Italian, Highland, Lowland, Syrian and many others all looking for a warm and pleasant environment in which to live. It had been, for many decades, the holiday and second home playground for most of the South West of Scotland. This beautiful island will, without any fuss, happily embrace our guests this coming weekend.”
For all the latest information on the first Isle of Bute Pride, just click on their Facebook page here.