Countdown to Harrogate's second Pride in Diversity festival

The outgoing Mayor of Harrogate Anne Jones and Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones present the lottery cheque to Leonora Wassell and the Pride in Diversity committee. (1805111AM).
The outgoing Mayor of Harrogate Anne Jones and Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones present the lottery cheque to Leonora Wassell and the Pride in Diversity committee. (1805111AM).

Harrogate's first ever Pride in Diversity festival was a big hit last year, and organisers have been working round-the-clock to make sure that this year's event on June 16 is even better.

The committee has secured a national lottery grant of £4,492 to help fund a packed day of celebrations in Valley Gardens, and the festival's Chair, Leonora Wassell, said there will be plenty of new things to see and do.

She said: "We feel hugely honoured to have been given this funding, it's national recognition for our little group.

"Because it went so well last year, we feel a great sense of responsibility to make sure that we put on a great event this year. We have had a lot of people on board this year, with all the community groups and sponsors."

Valley Gardens will be divided up into different sections for the event - including a sports zone, spaces for young people to showcase their artwork, and an area for live music from local acts.

Like last year, a parade will set off from the top of Montpellier at 12pm, making its way to Valley Gardens for the opening of all the attractions and events.

Leonora said: "It's a celebration of our diversity, but it's also about remembering at the same time that we have still got a long way to go.

"It's about marching and parading together, to say we are proud of our uniqueness, and saying that each of us is going to work together to make sure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity."

A civic celebration for the district's mayors, councillors and MPs will be held at the Royal Pump Room museum in the morning. Leonora said: "It's about celebrating the diversity that they represent."

Nuffield Gym, Gambaru Fitness, and players from Harrogate Town AFC, will all be there on the day to show their support for the event in the sports zone.

The cheque for the national lottery funding was presented to the committee at the Sun Pavilion by the outgoing Mayor of Harrogate, Anne Jones, and Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones.