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Your chance to take part in this summer's Norwich Pride celebration

PUBLISHED: 17:40 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:40 02 July 2018

Volunteer stewards at the Norwich Pride parade briefing for 2017. Picture: SENT IN BY NORWICH PRIDE

Volunteer stewards at the Norwich Pride parade briefing for 2017. Picture: SENT IN BY NORWICH PRIDE

SENT IN BY NORWICH PRIDE

Volunteers are being urged to take part in this summer's landmark anniversary Norwich Pride celebrations.

Jo Swo volunteering at Norwich Pride 2017. Picture: Katy-Jon WentJo Swo volunteering at Norwich Pride 2017. Picture: Katy-Jon Went

The parade and live shows, which attracts between 5,000 and 10,000 people, is celebrating its 10th year on Saturday, July 28.

Gareth Douce, who is on the Norwich Pride council and responsible for event planning and operations management of the main event, said: “Without the volunteers Norwich Pride wouldn’t take place.”

As well as contributing to the event and being able to enjoy the parade, volunteers can also learn different expertise.

Around 150 volunteers are needed for the pride event, which starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm.

Julie Bremner, chairperson of Norwich Pride, said: “Norwich Pride is one of the biggest events in the city’s calendar and it is completely run by volunteers.

“On the day we need people to do a range of jobs as event stewards, help run the Pride shop, shake buckets for our collection, and assist behind stage on the Pride show.

“We also have well-being champions to ensure all the volunteers have a healthy and happy day.”

Volunteers will also be manning the information desks in The Forum and Chapelfield Gardens.

Jo Swo, who was a volunteer at Norwich Pride 2017, said: “Last year I wanted to volunteer as a steward because Norwich Pride was the first Pride parade I ever went to - stewarding the event with the other volunteers was such a rewarding experience as I felt a part of making Norwich Pride as safe and colourful for others as it was for me.

“This year I’ve been on the committee, working with the local community and businesses so we can keep Norwich Pride free and accessible for everyone.

“I would recommend volunteering at Norwich Pride to anyone who is passionate about their local community and wants to make a difference.”

Stalls from various groups open at The Forum and Chapelfield Gardens at 10am.

The parade leaves City Hall at 1pm.

It will feature a people’s walking parade and a Samba band.

The parade will end at Chapelfields Gardens.

The main stage and community tent shows start in Chapelfield Gardens at 2pm.

Email info@norwichpride.org.uk to volunteer.

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