abingdonpride4Following on from the unanimous decision by the newly elected Abingdon Town Council to fly the Rainbow Flag from Abingdon’s County Hall in support of Oxford Pride, the town will host its own Pride event in two weeks.

The town’s former council had opposed flying the flag in two separate votes back in 2016, which led to national press coverage and the story became the most trending page on BBC News that weekend. An official petition was raised by local residents to challenge the decision but the then Council, believed that it was set a unnecessary precedent, and upheld the decision by a majority vote.

When the new Council were voted in back in May, a decision was made to address this rather unpopular decision and passed the motion to fly the flag unanimously.

This led to the announcement during this years Mayor Making ceremony that Abingdon would in fact hold its own inaugural Pride event on 22nd June 2019. Visitors and local residents are invited to meet at Abingdon Market Square from 10am to 5pm where a main stage will have local performers, including musicians, speeches and entertainment.  Also at the event local community groups will be supporting by attending with stalls including youth groups and information stands regarding health and social matters.

The event is also being supported by the Abbey Cinema who are showing the films Pride and Rocketman on the day.

Local Public Houses are being asked to hold their own events into the evening in support of the event.

Social Media accounts have been set up for the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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