Brighton’s businesses benefit from Pride visitors

Simon Ruse August 8, 2007
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Figures from Brighton Pride’s organising committee confirm the success of this year’s event.

It is estimated that the festival generated £7.5 million for the local economy and businesses, with a record-breaking 150,000 revellers in attendance.

After a massive operation, tons of litter was removed from Preston Park, which is back to “pristine condition.”

A substantial clearing-up and recycling operation was kindly donated by William Cole Amusements.

Pride’s success and financial viability are the result of partnerships between the event organisers and local institutions.

Support this year was provided by organisations including Yo! Sushi, 3 Mobile, Unison, Brighton Pier and Brighton and Hove City Council.

This year’s event cost over £230,000 to stage and organisers paid tribute to the support it received.

This year’s week-long festival was also “the most colourful and biggest to date,” with more than 70 events.

Organisers highlighted problems with toilet facilities this year, which were overwhelmed by the increased turnout.

Despite having increased the provision of toilets for this year’s event, Brighton Pride has vowed to provide sufficient toilet facilities for next year’s event and is looking for a business partner to assist it in this area.

Brighton Pride is still accepting donations, either by texting ‘DONATE’ to 82772 or by visiting their website at www.brightonpride.org

Texts costs £3, with at least £1.85 going to Pride.

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