As Pride Month draws to a close we wanted to look back on our weekend at Durham Pride where we spent two days celebrating diversity within our community.
Durham Pride itself took place just before the beginning of Pride Month which falls on the month of June every year. We joined thousands of others celebrating diversity on the 27th and 28th of May.
The event kicked off on Saturday 27th May at 12pm, a particularly relevant and important day for us here at East Durham Veterans Trust, as we celebrated Pride in Armed Forces Day. We had a fantastic day supporting veterans within the gay community.
We had our very own stall where we held a tombola to raise funds to help run our programmes and services. We also had a table full of merchandise available for members of the public to purchase. Along side this we had leaflets with information about who we are and what we do in an effort to raise the profile of East Durham Veterans Trust and awareness of the need for services like ours.
We had a fantastic first day at Durham Pride as we took in the atmosphere as the crowds enjoyed the fun fair, beer tent, food stalls and acts on the stage.
As the day drew to a close we were left eagerly awaiting the big day of the event to come on the Sunday.
Back at it again the following day, Sunday 28th May, with things again getting under way at 12pm, but there was much more to come. We set up our stalls in preparation and got ready to enjoy the entertainment to come.
Acts on the stage included Nadine Coyle, Venga Boyz and Stepz Gucci Gabore, DJ STEJAY and Northern Proud Voices, amongst others.
Live performances weren't all we had to look forward to as the parade started from Durham Cathedral at 1pm. Crowds were free to enjoy the bars and VIP area, fun fair, food stalls, market stalls and more as the party atmosphere really took hold.
It was wonderful to speak with so many people, including veterans and their family members about the services we provide for the veterans of the North East. We spoke to so many daughters and sons who told us they would be bringing their parentsto see us at East Durham Veterans Trust, knowing that the support is there for them.
All in all we had an absolutely fantastic time at Durham Pride and we raised a grand total of £400.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all our staff and volunteers who worked the stall over the weekend and a huge thank you to everyone who came and said hello to us.