Organisers of Chester Pride have revealed tonight the festival will now take place on Sunday 22nd September after severe winds forced the cancellation of the event last weekend.
A crowdfunder has been running this week to cover the costs of rearranging this year’s Pride on a new date, which has currently raised over £2,800.
On the day of the cancelled festival, organiser Warren Allmark said: “I can honestly say today has been the worst day of my life! I had to make the hardest call ever.”
The original line-up featured Heather Small, Whigfield, Shagger, Nikki French, Kelly Wilde and Boy Gorgeous in a free afternoon of live music at Castle Square.
A statement issued when the cancellation was announced read: “It is with regret that, upon full consultation with Cheshire West & Chester Council, the relevant authorities, and the service providers that a final decision has been made to postpone our 2019 event. The reason for this is due to the high winds and gusts of up to 50MPH forecasted by Met Office weather reports for this weekend. Chester Pride was created to always provide a safe space for all, and sadly the forecast weather reports this weekend will prevent us from doing so.”
The day was planned to start with a parade, which will take a route passing under Chester’s iconic Eastgate Clock for the first time in its history.
Chester Pride is a free event, though you can pay £10 for access to the Rainbow Circle priority viewing area at the main stage. Those with Rainbow Circle tickets for the original date have the option of a refund, though tickets remain valid for 22nd September.