2011- 2013 - Keepmoat Stadium
2011 we had a dilemma. We could stay at the Racecourse but this was a very costly option and one that (not withstanding the great line up of 2010) the Racecourse didn’t seem to be the venue many of you wanted. There was no option to return to the town centre so a huge exercise was undertaken to find yet another “new” home for Pride. We did look at many, many options. Some too far out of town, others with no facilities close, others not on bus routes and even the “obvious” choice for many - Town Fields ruled out due to noise curfews.
Up step the Keepmoat Stadium with a deal and a level of support second to none and the decision was made. On site bar and toilets loads of space for a dance tent and a cabaret stage and lots of grass for people to sit on! Perfect, well apart from the 740 ish meters of fencing we had to erect around the site which meant a full day build and a full day take down, all done by the committee to keep contractor costs down!
So 2011 Jo O’Meara, Abba Revival and a fabulous line up for the first of the Keepmoat prides. A good crowd and a huge fairground. Lots of additional attractions and a lot of duck poo!
2012 The year the rains came… this was the lowest point for many of the committee. A pride that takes 12 months to plan, satisfaction from seeing it come together and seeing people enjoy all the effort. We were deflated, all the work and nothing really to show for it, no finale, no end of the night cheers just lots of soggy people going home and us with massive amounts of ruined equipment.
2013 we needed a good event to lift us and we had to work even harder to bring in the sponsorship to compensate for lack of sales 2012. So a tough year on top of the previous year’s disappointment. But we pulled off an event we were proud of and brought back Katrina (and the Waves) as well as Diva Fever and the hugely popular Lloyd Daniels. Little did we know at the time but this was to be the last of the Keepmoat events as an offer came our way to head back into the town centre!