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Community / Town prepares for Pride but volunteers still ‘desperately’ needed

Hundreds of people participated in 2022's Pride parade. Photo: Vaila Irvine

LERWICK is set to be a hub of activity ahead of this weekend’s Pride events but more marshals are still required to help out with the parade on Saturday.

Merchandise will be on sale in the downstairs of Loose Ends throughout the week.

The Bop Shop will also be hosting poster and sign making workshops.

Various workshops will take place from 27 to 29 June. More information on how to sign up is on the Pride Facebook page.

Shetland Pride chairperson Gary Mouat said: “As a committee we are excited to have two locations this year to sell merchandise and run workshops out of.

“Last year the pop up shop offered a chance for the Shetland LGBTQ+ community to get involved in the event, and build up excitement.

“The shops offer a safe space for allies and members of the community to come along, meet the team, and get all the latest merchandise on offer.”

Additionally, the committee is still “desperately” seeking volunteers for the big day.

They posted on social media calling for more parade marshals, writing that “if we do not get enough there may be no parade”.

Training for marshals takes around half an hour and volunteers would be needed from 10.30am on Saturday. Anyone interested can send a message to Shetland Pride on Facebook for more information.

Committee member Sarah Cooper said: “Volunteering at Pride is a rewarding way to get involved with the event.

“We’re planning a special party after Pride to thank our volunteers, and they get a keepsake for their contributions.

“Anyone who wants to support pride can volunteer, whether they are part of the LGBTQ+ community or not! The more the merrier.”

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