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Scotland’s biggest LGBT Pride event has apologised for issues which led to hundreds of people waiting hours in high temperatures just to access the venue, even though many already had tickets.
In a statement published this evening on social media, Pride Glasgow said they “apologise unreservedly” for issues which led to the gates being closed as the site reached capacity.
But Pride go-ers were left fuming after purchasing advance tickets online only to be told there was no entry soon after the parade reached Kelvingrove Park in the city.
Tom Murphy and his partner Ross, from Greenock, waited over 2hrs 30mins at the gates in baking heat and told us things were ‘chaotic’. Tom said:
“Things just seemed completely disorganised at the entrance, nobody knew what was going on. We had to exchange our tickets for wristbands, so were prepared for a short wait, but this was just crazy. The stewards had no information and people were getting really annoyed. When we got in after 5pm most of the stalls were packing up and activities were closing. We really hope it’ll be better organised tomorrow.”
Maresa McGowan and Alice Drennan, both 19, told us of people jumping the barriers and charging the gates in frustration as crowds grew restless at the lack of information. There were also reports of people fainting in the queue with no access to water or shade, as temperatures in Glasgow reached 24c earlier.
Maresa took a video of events as they unfolded at the gates of the Park, just before she was finally allowed entry.
Despite thousands enjoying the fantastic atmosphere and entertainment on stage within the site, most were oblivious to the scenes outside.
Local Councillor, Angus Millar, took to Twitter and says he’ll be raising the concerns with organisers after the festival this weekend.
Conservative MSP, Jamie Greene, was also caught up in the problems at the gates, tweeting his frustration.
Hundreds of people have commented on Pride Glasgow’s social media accounts to vent their anger and to seek information about refunds. Pink Saltire also understands representatives of Pride main stage sponsors, Manchester Airport, were also stopped from entering the site.