Manchester Pride will next year be forced to leave its iconic Canal Street location in the city’s gay village due to property developments, organisers have revealed.
It’s reported that as a result of ‘significant property development in the area’, there won’t be the space to host the event in 2019. This news comes as Birmingham Pride also made a shock announcement about the future of its festival (read the exclusive HERE).
Manchester Council have approved plans for development on several of the sites currently used for the festival. However, the council insists that it “fully supports the annual Pride weekend” and will “work with the community and organisers to identify and secure an alternative space to host the event.”
In a recent statement, Manchester Pride Chief Executive Mark Fletcher said: “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to plan and deliver The Big Weekend in a space that is decreasing in size. Next year there will be more developments taking shape that will further reduce the space available for us to deliver a safe event to the current scale.”
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