Aberdeen Pride event hits £50,000 fundraising target

Sandi Thom will be among the performers

An Aberdeen Pride event has reached its fundraising target of £50,000 – with tickets selling out fast.

Grampian Pride, which takes place on May 26, will feature a parade on the city’s Union Street, as well as a Pride Village held at the Queens Links.

The groups behind the event have received support from a number of companies – including BP, Shell and Chevron.

They have also received funding from North East Scotland College (NESCol), NHS Grampian and The Big Lottery Fund.

Although the event is free to attend, access to the Pride Village is ticketed – with half of the 5,000 available already gone. At the Village, North-east singer-songwriter Sandi Thom, as well as Kit Purnell and Jack Rose will be performing.

Aberdeen-born Hollyoaks actress Annie Wallace, who was the first transgender actress to be nominated for a Scottish Bafta, will be leading the Union Street parade.

One of the event’s organisers, Deejay Bullock, said: “We have got our complete funding, and half the tickets have now gone.

“All the plans are going ahead, it’s shaping up to be a good event.”

An official launch event will be held next Thursday from 5pm until 7pm at St Nicholas Square in Aberdeen – exactly a month before the main event.

There will be free entertainment, candy floss, balloons, information about the Pride event and a volunteer sign-up stall.

Deejay said: “We will be signing up volunteers for the main event. There’s a whole list of things people can do, from helping us meet and greet people at the parade to walking down the parade and ensuring safety, to directing people to venues.

“There’s also litter picking and different activities, being at the venues and helping us clean everything up after.

“It’s shaping up to be a good day but it’s obviously making sure that everything goes as planned.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is asked to sign up by April 30, by contacting volunteer@grampianpride.org

To secure tickets to the Pride Village, visit www.grampianpride.org/tickets