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Peterborough Pride hopes for summer comeback - if restrictions allow

Peterborough Pride is hoping to return with a 2021 event - but it all depends on restrictions lifting as planned.
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Peterborough Pride is hoping to return with a summer event - but plans are tentative due to ongoing restrictions

After a virtual event in 2020, due to all the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Peterborough Pride is hoping to welcome people to an in-person gathering this year, but Pride chair Simon Green told Peterborough Matters it all depends on the removal of the social distancing guidelines.

"Like with most other organisations, last year was hard," Simon said. "People did what they could and there was a lot of excellent content online, but it doesn't manage to replace the opportunity to come together."

It would have been especially hard, he said, for "people who can't be themselves at home", who use Peterborough Pride as an opportunity to step out of their daily lives and be true to themselves.

The celebration has been sorely missed by the LGBTQ+ community in Peterborough and Simon confirmed there are tentative plans in place for an event this summer. "All being well, we'll know more from the middle of this month, but we are speaking with supporters and funding in the hope that something can happen."

Any organisation interested in supporting Peterborough Pride should contact Simon at peterboroughpride@gmail.com.

He added: "There is a funding gap because of the challenges of last year, so any support would be greatly appreciated. Pride is an entirely voluntary organisation, so these events only happen with the generosity and goodwill of others."