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Rainbow crossing installed in Totnes to mark pride event

By HEDanielClark  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

  • Rainbow crossing in Totnes being installed by members of Proud2Be

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A RAINBOW crossing has been installed in Totnes to mark the annual Pride celebrations.

The temporary rainbow crossing will be the first of its kind for a rural town and is located outside St Mary & St George R C Church on Fore Street in Totnes.

The crossing was created with liquid chalk spray in the early hours of Monday, September 1.

Jon Price, co-founder of Proud2Be said: "Growing up in a rural community as LGBT, I know how important it is to feel supported as it is easy to be isolated.

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"The rainbow crossing is a great way to increase the visibility and awareness around these issues.

"This has brought the community together to do something positive.

"We would like to thank all those who supported us in funding the crossing."

Supporter of the initiative, County Councillor Robert Vint added: "I am currently involved with plans for several real zebra crossings around the town and am delighted to also lend my support to this symbolic crossing to promote equality. Both projects, in their own ways, should help make the town a safer, friendlier and more inclusive place for all."

The initiative will mark the second Pride for Totnes, which will be held on Saturday, Septemeber 6, and will bring Devon's lesbian, gay, bisexual &/or trans (LGBT) community together with their friends, families and supporters, for a full day and night of celebration in the town.

After the success of last year's inaugural Pride event, Human Rights Campaigner and Proud2Be Patron, Peter Tatchell will return to Totnes this year to join the festivities.

Proud2Be is laying on a whole host of events in the town in what is now regarded as the UK's largest rural Pride event.

The day kicks off at 10.00am outside The Dartmouth Inn, off The Plains, where there will be opening speeches from Mayor of Totnes, Jacqi Hodgson, Peter Tatchell & Christine Burns, who together with award winning Samba ROC Band will then lead a procession up Fore Street and High Street to Totnes Civic Hall.

Entry to the daytime events at Totnes Civic Hall is just £2 for adults, £1 for 11-18 year olds, and is free to those under 11 and to Carers & Enablers. Tickets to the Totnes Pride After Party are £10.00 and available now from www.totnespride.co.uk or on the door.

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