Gay TV presenter Graham Norton will host a black-tie dinner to raise funds for next year’s Manchester Pride.

The event will be held at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, on Thursday September 23rd.

Those who wish to attend can buy silver tickets for £55, which include a three-course meal, music and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased from www.manchesterpridedinner.com.

Jackie Crozier, festival director of Manchester Pride, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the wonderful Graham Norton will be hosting our first ever charity dinner.

“Graham has been a fantastic supporter of Manchester Pride for a number of years now and I couldn’t think of a better person to do the job.”

Manchester Pride 2010 kicks off next Friday (August 27th). Kelis will headline the event on Sunday, while a parade, including past and present Coronation Street stars, will take place on Saturday.