Well, that’s Pride done for another year and I can honestly say I think it was our best year yet. We had such a lot of fun and hope you did too! Thanks to everyone who made it a success, our valient team of volunteers, the staff at Alter Ego, the people at Manworx who sold tickets for us, UndergrounD who brought you their shop and of course every one of you who turned up and showed your support. You guys!
For me it is always a sign of success when the sound and lights work, there queues are managed well, nobody has to wait toop long to get served, and people leave with a smile on their faces having clearly enjoyed themselves. I think we nailed it this year.
There are loads more photos from the event on Facebook so click here to have a look.
We really hope that the Leathermen can now begin to enjoy similar success to the Rubbermen and their weekend goes from strength to strength, so your support in that is important.
Let’s show the world that Manchester is the place to be for those into leather too.
Naturally Alert! is supporting the weekend and we will offer the main attraction on the Saturday night, so you can expect something different to a normal Alert! with all sorts of leathery interest, fun and focus.
Of course you don’t HAVE to come wearing leather. Our full dress code will be in operation but if you have it, love the leather, don’t hide the hide, and show our Leather community the special love only Manchester brings.
Phase 2 is very much still very much on the cards. Not a day goes by in which I don’t do something towards it but these things are laborious. Finding just the right property, at a price that means we can attract investment without that needing to be so high it’s unaffordable, is no easy task. Like buying any property we have had setbacks, challenges and changes. One property fell through, we were outbid on a third, but we have not given up. I wish things moved faster, were easier, cheaper, simpler – but if they were then everyone would be doing it! Behind the scenes the team are working very hard to make Phase 2 a reality. I’ve got everything crossed that we will be able to give you absolute answers soon but until then I don’t want to raise your hopes only to have to then announce another delay or hurdle or spanner in the works. Let me and the team suffer the rollercoaster for you and know this: we are working furiously to make it happen and as soon as we can say something for sure we will do.