Covid safe Pride event on Hastings Pier deemed to be a big success
People came together to celebrate Hastings Pride and community spirit last weekend when the Queer on the Pier event took place.
The event, organised by The Fountain on Queens bar, in conjunction with Hastings Pride, and the Pier, featured some top DJ’s, artists and performers from London.
The event was praised for its organisation and Covid safety measures. Tickets were purchased in advance, with contact details taken. People were signed in and were escorted to their seats. A one way system was in place and a team of Covid Safety Officers were on patrol.
A number of local businesses were supporting the event and raising funds for Hastings Pride.
Tommy’s Pizza, in St Leonards, created the Hastings Pride Pizza, with a vegan option, donating £2 from each one sold to Hastings Pride, You can enjoy it until the end of September.
Local drinks manufacturer Rumbustian created a special limited edition spiced rum with a rainbow label, with £10 of each bottle sold going to Pride.
Only Coco Chocolate created a popping candy chocolate bar, donating £1 from every bar sold.
Natasha Scott, of Hastings Pride, said: “Our aim this year was to take Hastings Pride out to the local community, and we were working with some amazing people to help us achieve our goal.
“Sadly, as with everything that’s been happening this year, things changed very quickly and funding we thought we had secured would not be available in time for us to realise our exciting plan for ‘Pride on the Road’.
“We felt it was particularly important for us to try and do something because we are very aware of the harm that social isolation causes.
“Hastings Pride was founded on an ideology that by bringing people together we can break down the walls of ignorance we looked at so many ways that we could bring our community together to celebrate Pride in some way.
“We were thrilled to see so many people and businesses doing everything they can to keep the spirit of Hastings Pride alive this year and would like to give our deepest thanks for every penny you raise and every life you touch through your generosity and fundraising activities.”