Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners are guests of honour at Sunderland’s fifth Pride festival

Dancing at a previous Sunderland Pride Festival in Park Lane.
Dancing at a previous Sunderland Pride Festival in Park Lane.
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A group which inspired a Golden Globe and Bafta-nominated film will show their solidarity in Sunderland for an annual carnival.

Sunderland Pride will mark its fifth birthday with guests of honour Lesbian & Gays Support the Miners (LGSM).

The event, which celebrates the city’s diversity and its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, will take place on Sunday, September 27, with a parade and full day of entertainment.

London-based group LGSM, who inspired the award-winning 2014 film Pride starring Celia Imrie, will lead the parade through the city, which starts at 12.30pm outside the Civic Centre, on Burdon Road.

About 4,000 people are expected to attend the parade, which will weave its way through the city centre.

Sunderland Pride spokesman Chris Young said: “LGSM were key supporters during the Miners’ Strikes of the mid-1980s, which affected so many of us in this area.

“The group ‘adopted’ miners and helped raise funds to support their families during this time of crisis, and those miners were forever thankful for their help.

“In essence, it kick-started a reciprocal relationship with the miners’ unions, who in turn supported equal opportunities for those from the LGBT communities.”

The group will be joined on the day by Easington Colliery Band, followed by parade sponsors Barclays, as well as anyone who wants to join in the march.

“It would be great to hear from other miners’ lodges in the area, who might like to join LGSM and the Colliery Band, and celebrate the rich tapestry of life on Wearside,” added Chris, from Ryhope.

This year’s Pride is the fifth annual free festival, and promises fun for all the family.

Entertainment will come from Katrina Leskanich, who had hits with Walking on Sunshine and Eurovision-winning song Love Shine a Light, as well as ’80s singers Hazell Dean and Kelly Wilde.

Joining the line-up is a host of local talent.

The parade reaches Park Lane at 1pm, with hours of free entertainment lined up.

The party continues into the night with nighttime events in Ttonic, Gatsbys, Basement and gay bar Eazy Street.