Swansea Pride Week culminates with City Centre Parade and film screening

From Wind Street to the Waterfront - Pride Parade kicks off this morning

Organisers of Swansea Pride say today's celebrations rounding off a week of rainbow-coloured festivities will have something for everyone.

A parade kicks off from Wind Street at 11 am today and everyone is invited as organiser Mark Jermin explains:

"Anyone can take part in the parade and walk in the procession. Just come there about ten to ten thirty and we're meeting at the bottom of Wind Street and we're walking straight through Swansea. The procession ends at the Waterfront Museum and that's where the main days happens."

The city will play host to stalls, demonstrations and a food festival with lots of other entertainment.

Elsewhere, a special celebration is taking place this evening at Onllwyn Miners Welfare Hall in the Dulais Valley.

Commemorative plaques are being unveiled to two people who helped support the community during the 1980s miners' strike.

Mark Ashton and Hefina Headon were portrayed in the 2014 film Pride.

Former Swansea East MP Sian James told us about the story:

"Its about a really special relationship between us as a Miners' Support Group - the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valley Miners Support Group- and a group of young gay men and lesbian women who wanted to support the strike and raise money for us."

She said both groups remained friends after the events of 1985:

"Thirty-five years later, we're still friends, we're still getting together. What we discovered back then in 1984 was that there were many more things that made us alike than made us dissimilar and the big thing was we all hated the Thatcher Government."

Stonewall co-founder Lisa Power and Mike Jackson who formed LGSM with Mark Ashton will both be attending the event with music from the Dulais Valley Silver Band, guest soloists and the Tredegar Town Band among others.

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