Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pride Event Pricing out Its Intended Community ; Letters,VIEWPOINTS Write To: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men- News.Co.UK

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pride Event Pricing out Its Intended Community ; Letters,VIEWPOINTS Write To: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men- News.Co.UK

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IT cannot be underestimated the swell the annual Pride event contributes to the economy of the city and the many hotels and businesses.

It was great to see the police, fire and NHS staff walking with Pride, and openly supporting the LGBT community.

Having stood for nearly two hours watching the parade, it was really disappointing that the showing from the bars and businesses within the Village area was pitiful.

The majority of the floats consisted of corporate companies advertising their goods and services, banks, supermarkets etc, hiding behind how they value the LGBT community.

Well, the LGBT community is not that daft. In reality, this was just advertising. However, had they not have contributed, the parade would have been over in 20 minutes.

The event itself is nothing more than a pop concert for the younger people - it's certainly not inclusive and offers nothing to the community who are over 50. …

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