Canterbury Pride takes place in the Dane John Gardens on June 9

Major sponsor for Pride Canterbury announced

Canterbury Christ Church University says it is proud to be one of the principle sponsors of this year’s Pride Festival.

It is the third year Pride takes place in the city and could attract up to 15,000 to the Dane John Gardens.

The annual event celebrates the LGBT+ community in a carnival atmosphere.

Christ Church vice-chancellor Prof Rama Thirunamachandran said: “We are delighted to show our support for Pride Canterbury by becoming a sponsor.

“This wonderful event brings our city together to show support for each other without discrimination or prejudice.”

Pride chairman Edd Withers

Pride chairman Edd Withers added: “We are so pleased to have Canterbury Christ Church University on board as a sponsor, without the support of local institutions we can’t make the event happen.

“Students in Canterbury provide the city with a great deal of diversity, and I know that they all very much value Pride Canterbury, so it’s great to be able to confirm our relationship with the student community in this way.”

This year’s Pride event will have a 90s feel with pop band S Club performing some of their greatest hits. Abba tribute act Abbalicious has also been booked for the festival.

It will begin with a parade through Canterbury High Street featuring local organisations and groups, finishing in the Dane John Gardens where there will music, food and drink stalls and a market.

Pride Canterbury is supported by numerous local businesses and individual donations.

It takes place in the Dane John Gardens from 11am on Saturday, June 9. Visit the Pride Canterbury website for more.

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