Saturday 10 August 2019 marks a historic moment for the local community as Surrey hosts its first ever Pride event! We got chatting to Stephen Ireland, Founder and Chair of Pride in Surrey, to talk all things pride ahead of this much-anticipated event!
Hi Stephen! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. It must be pretty exciting to be hosting Pride right here in Woking?!
“We’re so excited that Woking will play host to the first ever Pride in Surrey! The day isn’t just about the LGBTQ+ community, it’s about bringing together all communities – to celebrate and party! So I would encourage everyone across Surrey to join us - and have your rainbow regalia at the ready!
And how are the celebrations going to kick off?
“The day will start with the highly anticipated Pride Parade through Woking Town Centre at 11am, we’re welcoming and encouraging everyone to participate – residents and businesses!”
“The parade is of particular importance this year. Not only is it the first in Surrey, it’s also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall movement, so the parade will commemorate those who fought for our freedom as a community whilst standing in solidarity with the 70 countries where people are still persecuted for being out as LGBTQ+.”
What can people expect from the day?
“There’s been a real focus on creating an inclusive day for all ages, so following the parade, the party will move to Woking Park – which has been aptly renamed ‘Pride Park’ for the day! There you’ll find a variety of stalls selling arts and crafts alongside Pride merchandise. There will be a food and drink area, a community zone showcasing all things Surrey, plus a Youth Pride Zone.”
“The Pride in Surrey team have worked exceptionally hard to build a programme of events which will include Surrey’s local talent alongside mainstream talent from TV shows like Britain’s Got Talent and the X Factor.”
That sounds amazing, looks like you’ve really put together a special day!
“We have! But most importantly, the day’s events are there to celebrate, educate and connect the LGBTQ+ community. We’re thrilled to have the support of so many local and national businesses for the event.”
“We also mustn’t forget the amount of work that so many of the support charities do across Surrey, groups like Twister, GLEE, ImAmMe and organisations like The York Road Project.”
Thank you so much for chatting to us Stephen, we’re really impressed by all the efforts Pride in Surrey have put into the day and we can’t wait to see the whole thing come together!
The Pride Parade will commence at 11 am from the HG Wells Centre on Church Street East where it will make its way towards The Big Apple where it disperses. The Pride Parade will be followed by the Pride Celebration in Woking Park which starts at 12 noon. The party will then continue until 10 pm. With free entry (you just need to register) and accessible facilities, Woking really welcomes all people to come together for the day.
For more information about the day’s events and to register for free tickets, visit http://prideinsurrey.org/