Organisers of a new Plymouth LGBT festival have taken a difficult decision to postpone the city centre parade and several other elements of the festival until later in the year.
Plymouth Out:Fest (CORRECT) was due to take place on Saturday, March 26, after already being postponed by a week due to circumstances beyond their control.
But with a number of key people unable to make the rearranged date at short notice, and host partner the University of Plymouth facing some capacity and resource issues due to a number of other previously arranged events scheduled for March 26, Plymouth Out:Fest will now be pushed back to a date to be agreed with the university.
A fund-raising event took place last week (Thursday March 17) in The White Rabbit, Bretonside, which saw £90 donated, while a fund-raising gay pub run on Thursday, March 24, will still go ahead as planned, starting from the Brass Monkey, Royal Parade, at 7.30 pm.
Displays of LGBT-related books have also been staged in local libraries during the past fortnight, with talks by Richard Beard and Drusilla Marland in Plymouth Central Library and by bestselling author Manda Scott in Plymstock Library.
Plymouth Out:Fest chairman Mike Chafe said: “I cannot apologise enough for having to change the date of Plymouth Out:Fest for a second time.
“We tried our very best to go ahead with it this week at short notice, but in the end we realised that we needed more time if we were going to be able to put on the kind of quality festival which Plymouth deserves.
“The university have been brilliant and have tried to help as best they can, and we are now working together to find a date later in the year where we can be sure of doing the city proud.
“Anybody who does go along on Saturday will still find the funfair happening on The Piazza in front of the big screen, and also the entertainments in the evening will still be taking place in the various gay venues.
“However, the parade and other major parts of the festival is being rescheduled and we hope very shortly to be able to announce a firm date for it.
“Meanwhile, we hope to be holding further fund-raising activities to keep the momentum going.”
Anybody interested in Plymouth Out can find out more by visiting www.plymouthout.co.uk or the Facebook group Plymouth Out Fest, or the PlymouthOut Twitter feed.