This July the nation will be celebrating 50 Years of Pride in the UK and over here in West Berkshire, we have even more reason to celebrate as this year we welcome Newbury’s first ever Pride March!
March for Pride
Newbury Pride is run by a dedicated team of volunteers from the local LGBTQIA+ community (that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and others), who have been meeting every two weeks to plan for the upcoming event, which will be taking place on Saturday 2 July, starting at 1pm from Victoria Park and finish in the Market Place.
Not only is this the first Pride parade of its kind in Newbury, but it is also the first in West Berkshire. Of course, everyone – both those who identify as LGBTQIA+ themselves and those who wish to come out in support of their friends, family, neighbours and wider community – are welcome to join in with all the joyous festivities.
Originally, the first ever Newbury Pride had been planned for the Summer of 2020, but unfortunately due to the pandemic, the event had to be postposed until 2021, which sadly had to be cancelled again for the same reason. However, with restrictions now lifted and a whole extra 2 years to plan, that’s bound to make the 2022 Newbury Pride’s debut march, even more spectacular!
In addition to the Newbury Pride March, West Berkshire Museum will be holding ‘Hope and Pride’ exhibition, exploring the social and political history of how Pride started in the UK. As well as the history and relevance of Pride across the country, there will also be contributions from local communities regarding their experiences growing up and living in and around Newbury as an LGBTQIA+ person.
The exhibit will open to coincide with the Pride march on the 2 July at the West Berkshire Museum and will be running the entire year (until 2 July 2023!), so you’ll have plenty of time to wander down there and learn something new about Pride history.
Get in Touch
West Berkshire Museum is continuing the develop its contemporary collections which aim to represent the diversity within our community. If you are an LGBTQIA+ person who would like to make a contribution to the exhibit yourself and loan or donate an item which reflects your experience, then please get in contact with them via their email email@example.com.
On that note, the Newbury Pride welcomes volunteers who may wish to help with the march and also possibly planning future events and fundraisers.
If that is something you would be interested in then please visit their website to get in contact or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, for anyone who may be interested in the opportunity to sponsoring the event or run a stall, you can also contact them through the channels just mentioned.
Show Your Pride
As well as their website, Newbury Pride has several social media platforms you can support them on, as well as get the latest updates on events. (Also a fun fact for my fellow RuPaul fans: Newbury Pride has a personal endorsement from Drag Race icon, Chad Michaels!).
When they’re not planning for the march, Newbury Pride also hold regular socials for LGBTQIA+ folks, to make new friends, share experiences and build support networks and regularly update their Facebook page with all the fun shenanigans they get up to.
However you choose to identify, we look forward to hopefully seeing you all coming out to show off your pride colours, in this wonderful celebration of identity, individuality and community spirit!
NEWBURY PRIDE, Saturday 2 July, starting from 1pm at Victoria Park.
‘HOPE AND PRIDE’ EXHIBITION, from Saturday 2 July 2022 – Sunday 2 July 2023, West Berkshire Museum.