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Dozens turn out to Pride festival

'Captain Feather-Sword' enjoys the day
"Captain Feather-Sword" travelled from Telford to take part

Dozens of people turned out to Stoke-on-Trent's first official Pride event.

Despite Saturday afternoon's heavy rain festival-goers enjoyed a wide range of entertainment and performances in Hillcrest Street, Hanley.

Organisers of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender event said they organised it to show Stoke was a friendly and understanding city.

An attempt to organise a Pride event in 2003 had to be cancelled over fears anti-gay groups would disrupt it.

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