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Pride event 'may be scaled down'

Brighton Pride 2009
The theme of this year's event was "Pride beside the seaside"

Next summer's Brighton Pride may have to be down-sized because of limited funds, the organisers have said.

More than 100 people attended a meeting on Tuesday night to debate proposals for the event in Preston Park that follows the march through the city.

Pride has said it faces a deficit of £50,000 and has already withdrawn grants to local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups.

It has also called off next year's Winter Pride Festival week.

The suggestions have provoked a strong reaction, with thousands of people signing up to a Facebook group called "Save Brighton Pride as we know it".

'Drug fest'

Geoffrey Bowden, from the Pride committee, said the meeting was "passionate" and showed that people cared about the event.

"There is a balance to be struck - we have charitable objectives and we also have limited funds," he said.

"Our proposals are still to have a party - we don't want to lose that. What we have to do is cut our cloth to what we can afford."

But Mr Bowden said organisers also could not ignore comments opposing the event in the park, adding that some people had complained it had become an "alcohol-fuelled drug fest".

He said a decision on the event would be made by the end of the year.

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