A one-stop-shop for all things Pride in Hull at a popular Hull retail destination has ensured the LGBT community’s 50th anniversary year has got off to the best possible start.
The Official Pride in Hull Information Hub and Merchandise Outlet at Prospect Centre attracted hundreds of people through the door to raise over £1,200 for the Pride community through the sale of official wristbands, t-shirts, and limited edition Pride In Hull prints ahead of the action-packed weekend of events.
The pop up shop, which traded from the centre’s Brook Street Art unit, was just the start of the action-packed calendar of events, which will be running continuously until Saturday 29th July. Events include The Pride in Hull Film Festival and the House of Kings and Queens photography exhibition on Humber Street, to name but a few.
The information hub had a tremendous impact on footfall for Prospect Centre’s traders, which saw a 10.4 per cent increase on average during the week leading up to Pride in Hull.
Heath Marsh-McLeod, Board Trustee of the Hull LGBT and Community Pride, ran the store along with a string of volunteers.
He said: “I would like to thank Prospect Centre for its generous involvement and great social media exposure, as well as Hull School of Art and Design for the use of the retail unit space.
“Pride in Hull 2017 has been a life changing and a life enhancing experience for many people, celebrating the hard fought for freedoms, diversity and embracing community and social cohesion.
“Thank you for coming on board with us to make that happen and we are very much looking forward to seeing the even greater things we can achieve together next year.”
Majority of the events are free to the public, to educate the Hull community on what it means to be LGBT, celebrating 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality.