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Diversity celebrated with Norwich Pride's banner

PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 July 2011

Norwich Pride members pictured with the banner they made for Pride London.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Pride members pictured with the banner they made for Pride London. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2011

A colourful rainbow procession will take to the streets of Norwich at the end of the month, and at the heart of it will be a banner made by more than 110 people.

Norwich Pride returns to the city for the third time on Saturday, July 30 and among the procession will be a banner that has already created a stir in London.

The silky rainbow banner features familiar Norwich landmarks along with over 110 miniature figures that have been created by people from across the city and beyond.

Michelle Savage, arts team leader, said: “We asked people to sew themselves into the banner by making mini-me’s, six-inch versions of themselves that we could use to create the parade.

“Our aim is to capture the diversity of people at Pride.” Earlier in the month the banner was taken to London Pride where they received a fantastic reaction.

She said: “Pride London was amazing and everyone loved our banner. We had lots of cheers and whistles and ‘Go Norwich’ all the way round.”

On Saturday, July 30 it will be at the heart of the parade, which will be launched at 2.30pm by the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Jenny Lay.

The parade will be led by the Dun Dun band and will go from Chaplefield Gardens, down Theatre Street, along Gentleman’s Walk, up Gaol Hill and past City Hall.

After the parade the banner will be shown at the August Pride Without Prejudice exhibition at St Margaret’s Church in St Benedict’s Street.

For more information on the events visit www.norwichpride.org.uk

Are you organising a community event? Call reporter Richard Wood on 01603 772423 or email richard.wood@archant.co.uk

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