Council takes pride in staff and community

Crowds of people marched through the streets of Folkestone on Saturday, celebrating the district's LGBTQ+ community.


The event was the second Pride to take place in the town and Cllr David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said it was a great example of the Council and community working together.

It was organised by a small team of volunteers who were supported by council events staff who pulled out all the stops to make it a success.

I want to personally thank all those who worked so hard to make sure Folkestone Pride 2018 went ahead.
It is a hugely important event for the district, offering both a visible celebration of the diversity of our community and a safe space for people to express their personalities and beliefs.
I am very proud of our events team for their determination to make it a success, and of course the organisers, marshals, volunteers and all those who took part and put on such a colourful and joyful display for us all. Cllr David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Council events staff assisted by obtaining the relevant licences and legal notices, such as road closure notices for the parade.

Last-minute changes threatened the event going ahead but council staff, working with organisers, overcame all the obstacles.

Cllr Monk added: "In the end, it was a safe and well-run event, which is what we all wanted.

"The organising team will meet later this month to start planning Folkestone Pride 2019 and we look forward to working with them and making it even bigger and better than the first two parades."

For more information on Folkestone Pride or to get involved, visit

Published on 11 September 2018