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Pride 2022 will celebrate the diversity of town

A town centre will be a colourful mix of live music, drag, magic and dance during Pride 2022, which takes place later this month.

Organisers have invited everyone to join in and celebrate Congleton’s diversity at the event, to be held on Saturday, 23rd July.

Acts will perform on High Street, which will be closed to traffic during the day, and on Bridge Street, where there will also be market stalls, food and a licensed bar.

The fun starts at 10.15am when first up is Sam Wilson and a kids’ disco.
After a morning boogie, crowds can enjoy Nick Barnes and his magic show from 10.30am to 11am.

A break will follow the children’s show before speeches are given by the mayor of Congleton, Coun Margaret Gartside and Congleton Pride 2022’s diamond sponsor Pear Hospitality and Retail Group.

A prayer will then be led by the Rev Murray George, of Congleton United Reformed Church.
The main event during the day will begin at noon with Macclesfield singer Andy Hofton, who has been part of every Congleton Pride so far. Mr Hofton will be followed by Ellie Goulding tribute Chelsea Jade.

The afternoon entertainment includes drag queen GemiTy, acrobat Rowen Kimpton, the Gay Gordons Scottish dancers and Heather Marie as singer Pink.

Pride continues in the evening at Congleton Town Hall from 7pm and includes Abba tribute group Abbasolute Dreams, rock band No Fit State and drag queen Stella Black.

A Congleton Pride spokesperson said: “As always, we’ll be filling Bridge Street with stalls where you can enjoy meeting local LGBTQ+ friendly local organisations and businesses and buy fun products with an emphasis on them being locally made.”

Sponsors of this year’s Pride include Kanga Health, Mark’s Events, Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows, Barley Hops and Chatwin’s.

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