SKIPTON Pride kicks off on Thursday (July 6) with a four-day celebration.

A wide variety of acts and entertainment culminating on Sunday (July 9) with a free town centre street party is set to take place, welcoming people in unity and solidarity.

Over the four days, there will be events for both families and adults, including story-telling, comedy and craft workshops.

Events will take place at Skipton Library and at the town hall complex, which includes Jerry Croft and the amphitheatre in Museum Walk.

Sunday's free Pride street party, from 11am to 5pm, will take place in and around the the town hall and the library and will feature food and drink, community stalls, a headline performance from Choriza May, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Amanda Lovett from BBC hit show The Traitors, and throughout the day, The Big Gay Disco Bike.

Cllr Simon Myers, North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for culture, arts and housing, said: “The Skipton Pride celebration is a reflection of North Yorkshire community's commitment to inclusivity and acceptance.

“We are thrilled to bring Pride to Skipton, giving access to rural communities. Skipton Pride presents a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality of Skipton, while also championing the values of acceptance and equality.

“I hope as many people as possible come along and take part in this year’s celebrations of love, friendship and unity.”

Skipton Pride is organised by the cultural services team at Skipton Town Hall in collaboration with Skipton Town Council and several other organisations and institutions including Craven College, SELFA and Skipton BID.

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