Malton's first Pride event hailed a success as £2,500 raised

Malton's first Pride event has been hailed a huge success as tickets sold out days in advance.

Monday, 19th July 2021, 2:41 pm
Updated Monday, 19th July 2021, 3:34 pm
Malton's first pride event at the Ham & Cheese pub.

The event, which celebrated LGBTQ+ Pride with singers and entertainers, was pulled together by organisers Claire Marsh, Lucy Alexander and Nicole Vogwill in just a few weeks.

Singer Em Louise, accompanied by Christ Austin, entertained crowds alongside "larger than life" Drag Queens Clair Mydia and Sylvia Sukalot.

Nicole Vogwill, organiser, said: “What started as discussion for a small event to launch my new empowerment photography studio in Malton turned into this amazing, first of its kind, Malton Pride celebration.

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Malton's first pride event.

"We were a little nervous to see what the response would be, but in days of tickets going on sale we knew it was going to be great."

A total of £2,500 was raised for the campaign, Bring Dementia Out, a programme run by the LGBT Foundation that provides specialist support and training to those caring for people living with dementia in the LGBTQ+ community.

The Ham & Cheese pub at Scagglethorpe hosted the event on Saturday, July 10. Organisers said "the response was amazing".

Organiser Lucy Alexander said: “Thanks to the overwhelming response of raffle prize donations and the turnout at the event, we’re looking to do something bigger and better next year.”