Hopes Gay Pride festival could boost Skegness economy
A GAY Pride festival could help to boost the economy of Skegness and extend the traditional tourist season, according to councillors.
Following a motion by Councillor Phil Kemp, it was agreed Skegness Town Council would ‘actively support’ the possibility of holding such as festival in the town.
It follows the success of similar events in Lincoln last month and in seaside towns such as Brighton.
Mr Kemp said: “It seems to me a terrific way for people to celebrate their own sexuality and have fun.
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“I have been aware that Skegness already has quite a large gay community within its own right but believe that apart from one particularly pub, there isn’t much in the way of them being able to celebrate that.”
Councillor Steve Kirk, said: “I am happy to support the sentiment behind this. Let’s not underestimate the power of the pink pound.”
Some councillors questioned why the motion was restricted to a Gay Pride festival with Gary Ellis saying any festival should be welcomed in Skegness.
Councillor Steve O’Dare agreed, saying: “We as a council should support anyone who wants to come in to this town and organise a festival or parade.”
Mr Kemp said: “What I want is for us to stand up and say we would support a Gay Pride festival within the town itself and if there’s anything this town council can do to help facilitate that, then I believe we should do.”
Members approved the motion.
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