In the Pink for Picnic in the Park

GET out the rug and cross your fingers for some sunshine — Rotherham is getting set to host its first Pink Picnic tomorrow.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans pride event will be held at Clifton Park.

Organised by LGBT youth group Pride of Rotherham, it will be the first such event ever held in the borough.

Pride of Rotherham draws its membership from various backgrounds and organisations, aiming to promote and celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community living in or visiting the area.

Spokeswoman Nicola Harrison said: “We’ve been working with several organisations over the past year to secure funding for an event like this, but it’s taken a lot of work.

“The picnic isn’t just for the LGBT community — it’s for our supporters, too.

She added: “There are just a few narrow-minded people in Rotherham who like to abuse those who are different.

“We’re hoping that people will realise that being LGBT isn’t something you can help.”

Trade union GMB, Rotherham Borough Council’s One Town One Community scheme, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and South Yorkshire Police have all provided funding for the event.

Police special constables will be present at Clifton Park on the day, hosting a recruitment drive.

Officers will also provide advice on personal safety and crime prevention to those who request it.

PC Darren Boulding said: “The specials will be there for community engagement, rather than anything else — we’re not anticipating any trouble.

“We want to get a feel from members of the LGBT community for how they see the relationship between the police and community groups.”

The free, family-friendly day will include live music, food, and market stalls and face painting.

The event will begin at noon, with the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr John Foden due to arrive at 2.30pm.

An after-party will take place at the Town Gate pub on Doncaster Gate from 5pm, going on until late.

For more information on the event and how to get involved visit www.prideof-rotherham.webs.com.