However, the actual experience turned out to be not so bad.
In spite of cool constant drizzle, thousands cheerfully gathered to view and join the strut celebrating gay pride in our mill town.
Together with many others, Belper Friends marched proudly behind our banner from the Market Place down and around the streets.
Profuse thanks to the ebullient, effervescent, PC Fred Bray, Father of Belper Friends. Conscientiously, he facilitated this successful event, being so patient with Terry Durand and myself in our anxiety, ever fiddling with rucksacks and endless layers of waterproofing.
Also, gratitude to Iain Greenwood and Chris Buck for helping to man and manoeuvre the banner.
Yet again, Sarah Barley-McMullen - Mother of Pride in Belper - made the event happen.
She has done so much for Belper. She changed it forever putting the Pride in Belper, this time in the teeth of cold wet weather.
Stonewall Role Model of the Year, 2019, Sarah’s sterling LGBT work at the University of Derby is well known and greatly appreciated.
With her partner Helen and splendid Pride Team, they have made this pride another resounding success.
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