Hull residents urged to show their colours for UK Pride as new partner announced

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Jul 2017

Hull will be alive with the sound of celebrations this month as the city plays host to the first ever UK Pride.

2017 marks 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK.

To mark the momentous anniversary, Hull is gearing up to deliver a week-long festival of music, performance and general good stuff as part of LGBT 50.

The party will kick off with Pride in Hull on July 22 when a parade featuring LGBT icons will make their way through the city, topped off with a Queens Gardens concert headlined by the legendary Marc Almond.

In the days that follow, everyone will be invited to dance, share messages of support and even eat cake at a special Duckie summer tea party.

Sewell Group - one of Hull’s longest established businesses - has now given its backing to what promises to be a major highlight in the City of Culture 2017 calendar after being announced as presenting partner for LGBT 50.

PRIDE POP: Marc Almond will be performing at UK Pride in Hull as part of the city's LGBT celebrations.

Managing director Paul Sewell said: “I am so proud that we have been chosen to link our brand with forward-thinking, modernity, and a tolerant and kind approach to life in our country.

“We strive to be a good place to work and live the values of fairness and equal opportunities as a work family. We give everyone an equal shot at career success and happiness irrespective of background, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or anything else.

“We hire, promote and reward people on their talent, hard work and commitment to our values and behaviours, and work tirelessly to maximise human potential so our people can be as good as they want to be.

“I'm really proud of the mix of talented individuals we have here and, throughout July, we'll showcase and celebrate just that, particularly with LGBT 50 and Pride.”

As well as presence at various events throughout the week, Sewell staff are planning a ‘Show Your True Colours’ event to encourage teams across the business to wear their brightest rainbow shades while also making a donation to LGBT 50 and Pride in Hull.

The Construction and Facilities Management divisions of the business have also decorated two of their vans in LGBT 50-themed wrap, continuing the message of support on the road.

Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, said: “This summer, we are exploring the concept of freedom as never before during the third season of this spectacular year for the city.

“Hull’s connection to freedom is deep rooted, so to be at the forefront of national celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of homosexuality beginning to be decriminalised, is significant and apt.

“Sewell Group’s support of the event, as a major business in the city, is greatly welcomed.

“The advances that have been made in LGBT+ equality are recently won and the support of major businesses and employers can only help to cement those changes.”

Visit www.hull2017.co.uk/whatson/events/lgbt-50 for more information about LGBT 50 events.


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