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Pride in Surrey takes to the road

Published: 30 July 2020

Surrey Pride is touring Surrey

Without the crowds they'll come to you

With the annual Surrey Pride event cancelled this year due to Coronavirus, The Surrey Pride team have decided to come to you instead by taking to the road on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August. The team will be in a fabulous Pride themed vehicle stopping in all eleven Surrey districts over the two days. The route they've chosen is below and they're asking that if you spot them on their travels, you take a photo and share to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #PrideOnTheRoad. See the schedule below to make sure you don't miss their arrival and visit the Pride in Surrey website for more details.

Organiser Stephen Ireland said "There's been such a great celebratory atmosphere at past Surrey Pride events that we didn't want Coronavirus to get in the way of continuing to celebrate pride in Surrey this year. But we also needed to make sure we were celebrating in a way that was safe so a big crowd event was out of the question. So this year we decided to take to the road and come to Surrey instead. I am proud to say that Pride in Surrey's core team have worked tirelessly throughout lockdown to provide the "not alone" services where the LGBTQ+ community and allies have been able to text us at any time for a chat and to be connected to the relevant support that's available to them. We've loved doing it but not everyone wants to join in with those things online so that's where our Pride on the road comes in."

Getting involved this year

Record your video messages of support and send to ontheroad@prideinsurrey.org before the 3 August, messages will be compiled and they'll be streaming them on their social media channels. Performers of any kind are invited to get involved. Clips should be 60 seconds long and in landscape format – spreading the LGBTQ+ message.

On the weekend:

Snap a photo of Surrey Pride on the road and use #PrideOnTheRoad for a chance to win a Pride in Surrey goody bag!

At Home:

Decorate your front gardens and give them a "Pride" theme sharing the photos on social media again using #PrideOnTheRoad for a chance to win some vouchers for your local garden centre and a little gift from Pride in Surrey.

At Work:

Decorate those shop windows and help us be visible whilst showing love to the LGBTQ+ community. Raise the Ally flag, Gilbert Baker, Progressive or a specific gender/sexuality flag such as Trans or Bi? Snap your photos and share them on social media using #PrideOnTheRoad for your chance to be crowned winners and win a little treat from Pride in Surrey.

Get involved:

If you are in your car, fly a flag. If you are at home or out and about take photos and be sure to blow your whistles, clap, cheer and be happy as we pass! Remember to be visible with a flag or a fancy outfit ?
Check out the Pride in Surrey website for up to date schedule and on the day there will be a GPRS tracker available to see where they are on the route.

Saturday 8 August 2020

  • 8.30am Start at Surrey County Council - County Hall Kingston
  • 10am Arrive Epsom - venue to be confirmed
  • 11.30am Arrive in Walton on Thames - Walton Bridge
  • 1pm Arrive in Staines upon Thames - Two Rivers Car Park
  • 2.30pm Arrive in Woking - venue to be confirmed
  • 3.30pm Arrive in Virginia Water - Station Parade
  • 4.40pm Arrive in Camberley - Park Street

Sunday 9 August

  • 10am Arrive in Farnham - venue to be confirmed
  • 11am Arrive in Haslemere - venue to be confirmed
  • 11.45am Quick stop in Godalming - The Pepperpot
  • 12om Quick stop Shalford Village - venue to be confirmed
  • 12.15pm Arrive in Guildford - outside Nando's
  • 1.45pm Arrive in Dorking - outside the White Horse
  • 2.15pm Arrive at the Gin Distillery – Dorking
  • 3.15pm Arrive in Reigate – High Street
  • 4.15pm Arrive in Oxted – venue to be confirmed

Surrey Heritage supporting Pride in Surrey

To celebrate Pride in Surrey the latest podcast video from Surrey Heritage features the extraordinary life of Harry Daley of Dorking, who was a gay Metropolitan police officer in the 1920s. Surrey History Centre in Woking proudly holds his unique frank, funny and inspiring manuscript memoir in the archives, and you can listen to the podcast on Harry Daley here.

Their Seeking Surrey Ancestors blog which will be going live for the Pride in Surrey weekend will look at finding and acknowledging LGBTQ+ ancestors which can be found on the Exploring Surrey's Past website.

For over 10 years now Surrey Heritage has worked with local LGBTQ+ support organisations to make the hidden histories of Surrey's LGBTQ+ lives more visible in the archives. Why not discover some of the other fascinating biographies on the Exploring Surrey's Past LGBTQ+ theme page.

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