WELL done Skipton. It was a proud day for organisers of the town’s first Pride in the Park festival in Aireville Park on Saturday.

The much-lauded event was a resounding success as thousands poured into the park to enjoy an eclectic mix of entertainment and family fun, coupled with the added benefit of an afternoon of sunshine.

Earlier in the week it was touch and go whether the event would be able to go ahead when caravans rolled onto Aireville Park on Tuesday. Fortunately the impromptu visitors vacated the grounds early enough to allow for a clean-up before the stage and associated festival accoutrements arrived.

The event proved that the Skipton community embraces all cultures and genders as well as those of a non-binary persuasion. The festival was for everyone of all ages and walks of life and that was evident by the huge numbers of people who went along to enjoy good music and good fun.

Such an event is bound to grow in size and plans are already underway by the town council to stage a Pride in the Park for 2023.

Indeed, the love has already spread to Settle where the town council there is also in the throes of organising its own Pride event for next year.

Doubtless both will be very much looked forward to.