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With just SIX Months to go to this years Doncaster Pride we thought it was about time to share a few plans. 

SATURDAY 8th August is the date for the 14th Doncaster Pride this year taking place in our new home Elmfield Park. We'll have all the usual - the Main Stage and a Second Stage, bars, food and a market... but we'll also have a LOAD of new features as we have the space to expand the event into a much bigger area than Sir Nigel Gresley Square was. 

Pride is FREE to attend of course but we are working on plans for a VIP Area. You and your friends will be able to reserve a table in our seating area and have access to a private (pay) bar, you'll have your own toilets and a great view of the main stage and much more... we're hoping to launch this around the end of March so watch this space. 

We're looking at more for children and families, more for our visitors with additional needs including viewing platform, BSL interpreters and accessible spaces. 

We are expanding the Parade and we are starting the day in the centre of town with loads of meeting places and mini-events all then culminating in a gathering in the Market Square for the start of the Parade. 

Oh, and we know the first question will be "can we bring our own drinks"... so totally open from the off and the answer at the moment is we don't know - we have meetings planned with licensing and health and safety advisers and we will be finding out what we are and aren't permitted to allow... we will tell you when we know. 

We have LOADS to do and we have LOADS of funds to raise - so if you want to help get in touch or if you work for a business that wants to get involved then talk to us - sponsorship's and advertising can be an extremely good value for money and help us to deliver the event. 

Our aim as always is to give you a pride to be proud of... help us if you can!

Doncaster Unitarian Church has announced
It will be the first place of worship in Doncaster to celebrate gay weddings.

The Rev Tom McCready has confirmed the Unitarian Church, on Hallgate, will be holding what is thought to be the first service of its sort in any of the borough's churches. 

It is expected to be held in the next three months at the venue, after the committee that runs the church voted late last year to accept same-sex couples weddings. The Rev McCready said he believed there were other churches which had agreed to hold gay weddings, but it was understood that he was due to be the first to go ahead and hold a service.

He has already carried a number of blessings for gay marriages. He said: “We have a couple who have been together three or four years who have put the paperwork into the register office. They are both women.
“We also have another couple, again both women, who are due to be married in the summer of 2020, who want to be married on the 10th anniversary of their getting together as a couple. 

“I have already done three blessings for same-sex relationships. That was a very similar service, except without the legal bit, asking if anyone knows any lawful impediment why the couple should not be married.” 

He said he believed any doubters on the committee had been won over after he carried out a blessing for a seriously ill woman and her same-sex partner, who was married in a hospital bed in her own home. She died several days later. 
He described the Unitarian church as a liberal and inclusive form of Christianity that reached out to all religions. Rev McCready and wife Briggitte both joined the Doncaster Pride march last summer and felt it was a good, family-friendly event. 

He is also looking to carry out a large scale blessing for same-sex couples during Doncaster Pride this year. 

Doncaster Pride said " We are so pleased to be working together with the team at Doncaster Unitarians... and anyone looking to celebrate a wedding or renew vows at this years Doncaster Pride please get in touch"
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