Brighton Pride cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

One of the biggest events in Sussex has been cancelled this year due to coronovirus

Brighton’s Pride event was due to be held on August 1 and 2.

But organiser said they made the ‘difficult decision’ to postpone it until 2021 amid the coronavirus crisis.

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A statement on the event’s website said: “It is with a heavy heart that Brighton & Hove Pride have taken the difficult decision to postpone our landmark 30th anniversary celebrations that were due to take place on August 1 and 2 until 2021.

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“We are shocked and devastated by the unprecedented turn of events over the past weeks – especially the catastrophic health and economic impacts this pandemic is having on members of our community.

“The decision to postpone has not been taken lightly and with many events still planning to go ahead in July and August we were hoping to wait until closer to the time to avoid disappointing our volunteers, community groups and the public, but after carefully monitoring the rapidly evolving Covid-19 pandemic and evaluating the ongoing risks and uncertainty, as well as the additional pressure any large event puts on the emergency services, we have taken the very difficult decision to postpone this year’s Pride FABULOSO Anniversary celebration.

“As the UK’s biggest Pride Festival that attracts visitors from across the UK and globe, and with the potential of travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines to remain in place for an unknown length of time, we cannot in good faith risk the health and safety of our communities, volunteers and participants and proceed with an event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city.

“Existing tickets holders do not need to do anything – their tickets will be honoured and rolled over to the rescheduled event.”