St John’s Market joins in Pride celebrations

11:48, Wednesday, 24th July 2019

Traders at St John’s Market in Scunthorpe are showing their support for Pride Month in North Lincolnshire.

Celebrations and activities are taking place in the market to celebrate diversity with rainbow decorations across the market.

Up until 31 July with each purchase made from participating traders, customers at the market can enter into the prize draw to win prizes and vouchers donated by market traders. The draw will take place on Thursday 1 August.

Families can take part in a Treasure Hunt from 25 to 27 July to win a family ticket for the cinema. Entry sheets will be available from the information desk and the winner will be drawn on Thursday 1 August.

Each Saturday throughout the month, there will be special appearances from the Market Meerkat and traders can be seen “wearing the rainbow”.

The final day of celebrations at St John’s Market will take place on Saturday 27 July.

Stalls will be opened up offering a range of children’s activities, a reading corner and there will be music throughout the day from local performers: Neve Stoke from 10am to 11am, Bethany Gibson from 12pm to 1pm, Air Cadet Band from 1.30pm to 2pm and Stephen Donoghue from 2pm to 3pm.

There will also be face painting, festival braids, and craft activities including rainbow hand prints and money boxes. Visitors will be able to have a go in the selfie booth.

Masey’s Café on the first floor has kindly offered a 10 per cent discount to members of the public who are wearing rainbow colours for Pride on the finale day.

Don’t miss story time and craft activities with the Imagination Library team.

The Fostering and Adoption team will be there looking to speak to people interested becoming a foster carer or adoptive parent.

On 27 July, St John’s Market will also be launching their new collection of coupons. Coupons will be available from the market or online and offer great discounts and deals for traders at St John’s. Coupons will be valid during August and September.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for place shaping, said:

“Pride is a time to show solidarity with our LGBT+ community and it is fantastic that St John’s Market have joined in the celebrations this July.

“It is important for us all to live in a tolerant community, and by marking Pride, we can continue to support and celebrate North Lincolnshire’s diverse communities.”

To mark the start of North Lincolnshire Pride Month 2019, the Mayor and Young Mayor of North Lincolnshire raised the Rainbow Flag – the traditional symbol of the LGBT+ community – in Church Square, Scunthorpe on Monday 1 July.