More than 150 people enjoy town's first ever Pride event

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

A town's first ever Pride event attracted at least 150 people and will return next year on an even bigger scale.

The sun shone on Castle Meadow in Bungay on Saturday afternoon (July 24) as people enjoyed a bake-off and an outfit competition during the town's Pride Picnic.

Organiser Leon Bedwell, 22, said: "I feel it's gone really well. It's been really laid-back, there has been a fun energy, and the weather has been perfect."

People enjoy the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

They said that a lot of passers-by "came and sat and stayed and enjoyed it".

"Someone came up to me and said, 'I've lived in Suffolk for a long time and I didn't have any other friends who are LGBT'.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

"The fact that can happen is wonderful. Our goal was to show there is a community here, and this is what we've done. Everybody here felt a sense of community and home and being appreciated."

Mx Bedwell said that this year organisers had decided to keep the event simple because they didn't know if it would be cancelled due to coronavirus.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

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"Next year it will be much bigger, with more things to do," they said.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

The castle in Bungay decked out in the pride colours

Bungay Castle decked out in the pride colours for the town's first ever Pride festival on July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24.

People enjoying the first ever Bungay Pride event on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

A bake-off was part of the events at the first ever Bungay Pride festival

A bake-off was part of the events at the first ever Bungay Pride festival on Saturday, July 24. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill


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