IN PICTURES: Northumberland Pride turns Alnwick all colours of the rainbow

Alnwick was a riot of colour and fun yesterday as Northumberland Pride took over the town. The second annual celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT+) community, culture and heritage attracted hundreds of rainbow-clad revellers, who march through the town from Bondgate Within to Alnwick Rugby Club where they enjoyed a concert headlined by X Factor winner Sam Bailey.

By Paul Larkin
Sunday, 02 June, 2019, 12:57
The Northumberland Pride 2019 parade makes its way through Alnwick on Saturday, June 1. Picture by Steve Miller

Shops throughout the town, including the Co-op, Costa Coffee and Sainsbury's, joined the party with staff suitably dressed for the occasion. Brilliant drumming group Rhythm Stix, based at the Pottergate Centre for adults with learning disabilities, entertained the crowds before the parade set off at noon. BBC Radio Newcastle's Anna Foster hosted the concert, with performances from Lorraine Crosby (the female vocalist on Meatloaf’s hit I Would Do Anything For Love), Summerland, Melissa Rose, Matt Dunbar & The Autonomous Collective, Khalysis, and Diggin’ The Dancing Queen - The ABBA Show. There was also an appearance from the Northumberland Pride Pop-Up Choir, which was formed especially for Pride by Sarah Gray.

The Northumberland Pride 2019 parade makes its way through Alnwick on Saturday, June 1.
The Northumberland Pride 2019 parade gathers in Bondgate Within, Alnwick, on Saturday, June 1.
The Northumberland Pride 2019 parade makes its way through Alnwick on Saturday, June 1.
The Northumberland Pride parade makes its way through St James Estate, Alnwick, on the way to the rugby club on Saturday, June 1.
Northumbria Police volunteer cadets take part in the Northumberland Pride 2019 parade through Alnwick.
The Northumberland Pride 2019 parade makes its way through Alnwick on Saturday, June 1.
Getting in the rhythm at Northumberland Pride 2019.
A big welcome from the the Alnwick RFC wine and gin bar at the Northumberland Pride concert on Saturday, June 1.
Khalysis rocks the Northumberland Pride stage during the 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
Staff from Sainsbury's go to the festival dressed as characters from The Greatest Showman.
Khalysis rocks the Northumberland Pride stage during the 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
Your having a laugh! Northumberland Pride fans during the 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
Lorraine Crosby performs at the Northumberland Pride 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
Lorraine Crosby joins the crowd at the Northumberland Pride 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
Lorraine Crosby performs at the Northumberland Pride 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.

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The audience has a ball at the Northumberland Pride 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
Bella Bluebell on stage at the Northumberland Pride 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
Bella Bluebell at the Northumberland Pride 2019 concert.
X Factor winner Sam Bailey belts out a number at the Northumberland Pride 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
Headline act Sam Bailey performs her set at the Northumberland Pride 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
X Factor winner Sam Bailey wows the crowd at the Northumberland Pride 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
The crowd enjoying X Factor winner Sam Bailey at the Northumberland Pride 2019 concert at Alnwick Rugby Club.
The LGBT+ fun run at Alnwick Rugby Club on Friday, May 31, part of Northumberland Pride 2019.
The LGBT+ fun run at Alnwick Rugby Club on Friday, May 31, part of Northumberland Pride 2019.
The LGBT+ fun run at Alnwick Rugby Club on Friday, May 31, part of Northumberland Pride 2019.
Paul O'Mara, race winner of the LGBT+ fun run at Alnwick Rugby Club on Friday, May 31, part of Northumberland Pride 2019.
The LGBT+ fun run at Alnwick Rugby Club on Friday, May 31, part of Northumberland Pride 2019.
The LGBT+ fun run at Alnwick Rugby Club on Friday, May 31, part of Northumberland Pride 2019.
The LGBT+ fun run at Alnwick Rugby Club on Friday, May 31, part of Northumberland Pride 2019.
Female race winner in the LGBT+ fun run at Alnwick Rugby Club on Friday, May 31, part of Northumberland Pride 2019.