Tyne & Wear

Newcastle Pride 2017: City hosts event for 10th year

Newcastle Pride parade
Image caption Hundreds took part in the city centre parade

Newcastle's Pride Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The weekend-long event features a fun fair, stalls and musical performances on the Town Moor, and a parade through the city centre on Saturday.

Newcastle Cathedral is holding a Pride Eucharist - a special service of communion to celebrate diversity.

There will also be a candle-lit vigil to show support for those who have lost their lives - and those who keep fighting - for LGBT rights worldwide.

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Image caption Miss Rory hosted the festival's main stage

Mark Nichols, chair of Northern Pride which organises the event, said: "I hope it's raising the awareness of the community, that we are your neighbours, your work colleagues, part of your family.

"We are ordinary people; there's nothing different to us, and that's the message I want people to take away, and just want to be able to combat homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia."

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Image caption The emergency services are among those setting up stalls on the Town Moor

In 2016 the festival attracted more than 73,000 visitors and contributed more than £10.4m to the economy, according to estimates.

The event was first staged in August 2007 after a brief gap in Pride activities following the closure of Pride on the Tyne.

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Image caption The rainbow flag is flying from many of the city's landmark buildings

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