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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Vengaboys bringing Vengabus to Carlisle for Pride festival

The Dutch pop group Vengaboys are bringing their Vengabus to Carlisle.

Pam Eland photo
Pam Eland

The party group – famous for their two UK number one singles Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!! and We’re Going To Ibiza will headline this year’s Cumbria Pride festival.

They are also famous for the song We Like To Party.

The free event, hosted by Cheri Treiffel, takes place in the city centre on Saturday, June 14 from 1pm to 5pm.

In previous years it’s been held at the Swallow Hilltop Hotel, off London Road.

This year’s event will also feature music from Abba tribute Swede Dreamz, Bears Aloud, X Factor winner Matt Cardle and TV star and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt.

There will also be music from Allan Jay, Liam Moorhouse and Stevie D from Superfly.

The event is free with no age restrictions. There will also be stalls.

Volunteers are needed to help on the day.

The first Cumbria Pride, featuring 1980s stars Toyah Willcox and Hazell Dean, was held in 2011 and since then the event has gone from strength to strength.

Since then, Carlisle has seen the opening of a dedicated lesbian and gay centre called LGBT HQ on Fisher Street.

Housed in the former Melting Pot nightclub building, the centre is a one-stop shop housing advice agencies, a cafe and nightclub.

The project was launched in June 2013 and has already reached more than 3,000 people.

The centre is a hate crime reporting centre and works in partnership with Cumbria Police. It also offers a free counselling service.

Pam Eland, from LGBT HQ, said everyone was welcome to help celebrate diversity.

“Cumbria Pride is a celebration of people’s sexuality,” she said. “There is a serious element to it. It’s about giving people a better understanding of the issues.”

If you would like to volunteer contact Pam at info@cumbriapride.com or email cumbriapride@hotmail.co.uk or ring 07971253241 or 01228 267247.

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