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Bury St Edmunds Constitutional Club, in Guildhall Street, to host town’s first pride festival





Plans for Bury St Edmunds’ first pride festival are under way – thanks to one woman’s mission to diversify the town.

In celebration of pride month in June, Emma Warren, 39, is organising a festival for the LGBTQ + community, and its allies, at the Constitutional Club, in Guildhall Street.

This follows the success of last year’s pride party, which was held at the same venue and also organised by Emma.

Emma Warren is organising Bury St Edmunds first pride festival. Pictured: Emma Warren. Picture: submitted
Emma Warren is organising Bury St Edmunds first pride festival. Pictured: Emma Warren. Picture: submitted

Since then, the club put on numerous events for the LGBTQ+ community – something Emma said was much-needed in the town.

“I want to build on from what we had last year and make it bigger and better,” said Emma, chairperson of the Constitutional Club.

“There’s pride in Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge, but we don’t have a pride festival here in Bury.

This follows last year's successful pride party, which was also organised by Emma
This follows last year's successful pride party, which was also organised by Emma
Emma said this was something that was much-needed in Bury
Emma said this was something that was much-needed in Bury

“We also don’t have an LGBTQ+ community in Bury and there are a lot of people that identify.

“I had a lot of messages saying this is really needed and that people really want it.”

The festival, which will take place on June 22, will be an all-day, family-friendly event and will include performances from drag artists.

There will be performances from drag artists
There will be performances from drag artists

There will also be a story book corner and face painting for children during the day.

Child-friendly activities will be during the day only.

While plans are still underway, Emma said she has been overwhelmed with the support from the local community, including people volunteering to help with preparations.

It will be an all-day, family-friendly event held at the Constitutional Club, in Guildhall Street
It will be an all-day, family-friendly event held at the Constitutional Club, in Guildhall Street

Emma added: “This is what a community is all about – everybody bringing their strengths and making something spectacular out of, which I’ve no doubt it will be.

“It was great last year and it will only get better.

“The support has been massive. People have been saying this is a really positive thing for the town.

“I had contacts from people from all sorts of walks of life that have been so supportive to get this off the ground.”

To stay up-to-date with the event, including purchasing of tickets for the festival, Emma created a Facebook group called ‘Bury St Edmunds LGBT+ Community’.