Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Poignant Vigil in Park Brings Pride to a Close

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Poignant Vigil in Park Brings Pride to a Close

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IT was a poignant close to an incredible weekend as a candlelit vigil marked the end of Manchester Pride.

Thousands gathered at Sackville Gardens in Manchester to hold candles aloft and remember those lost to HIV, AIDS and hate crimes.

Kate O'Donnell, a transgender performer who has attended the vigil for 20 years, introduced it as a 'beautiful heartfelt glittery full stop'.

She added: "When we stand together we can do amazing things."

Referring to the roots of Manchester Pride in raising funds and awareness of HIV and AIDS, she added: "We are here to remember those early beginnings and to honour those who have been lost to the disease throughout the years."

She also paid tribute to victims of hate 'from our home town of Manchester to Orlando and around the world. …

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