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London_GayIt has been announced that London LGBT+ Community Pride will take responsibility for London Pride for the next five years.

The group took part in a bidding process last October following the financial difficulties faced by the previous organisers just days before World Pride.

Co-chairman of London LGBT+ Community Pride Michael Salter said: “We’re delighted with the support we’ve already had for our bid from the community but the hard work starts now. We have 115 working days to raise the funding required, finalise plans and make our vision a reality. We’ve already begun working with community groups and sponsors and now we are looking for motivated individuals to get involved and join the small army of volunteers that are essential to making Pride a roaring success.”

Mr Salter added: “We are a Community Interest Company, which means any surplus made can only be used to support the event in future years or donated to LGBT+ organisations. We hope this will appeal to businesses and individuals sponsoring Pride.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “London’s Pride celebrations are one of the biggest and most high profile events in our city’s cultural calendar. They are enormously popular and underpin London’s status as one of the best cities in the world for LGBT people, who make an enormous contribution to the social and economic life of the capital.”

The new event will include a fundraising dinner, a Festival of Pride, a sports day as well as the traditional parade and street parties in Soho and Trafalgar Square.

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