ABOUT 1,000 people attended the second annual Goring Pride festival at the Catherine Wheel pub in
ABOUT 1,000 people attended the second annual Goring Pride festival at the Catherine Wheel pub in Station Road.
The event was organised by landlords James Dawe and Tim Schulz, who got engaged earlier this year.
It had a nautical theme and was celebrating both gay pride and pride in the wider Goring community.
The venue was decked out in rainbow flags and banners while guests came dressed as pirates, sailors, mermaids, fish and sea monsters.
A barbecue and pizza oven were running throughout the afternoon and there was an outdoor bar selling cider and Pimm’s. There were performances by local rock bands including 6 Feet of Snow, The Mysteries and Heather & The Red Shoes as well as open mic sessions and a DJ until late.
Ben Evans, the pub’s manager, said about 200 more people attended than last year and it was hoped it would become an annual event.
He said: “It went really well and was a great day for the community because visitors had a chance to meet other residents they might not have met before.
“Although it was based on the concept of gay pride, this event was about celebrating pride in yourself whoever you are.”