Northumberland Pride announces Tinchy
Stryder as this year’s headliner

Northumberland Pride are thrilled to announce that chart-topping superstar Tinchy Stryder will headline this year’s Northumberland Pride Festival 2021 – Powered by Britishvolt in Peoples Park, Ashington on Saturday 28th August. Ghanaian-British rapper, singer-songwriter, and entrepreneur Tinchy Stryder, 34, began making music as young as 11. His break came in 2001 when he joined grime collective Roll Deep where he worked alongside Wiley and Dizzee Rascal. Releasing his debut album in 2007 he’s worked with some of the biggest names in music, alongside 7 UK Top 10’s with chart successes Number 1 and Never Leave You. Festival organizers were devastated to have received the news less than two weeks before the festival that headline artist Tulisa had to cancel her performance due to reasons beyond our control.

A spokesperson for Tulisa said: “‘Due to reasons beyond our control it is with much regret Tulisa has had to cancel her performance at this year’s Northumberland Pride. Special thanks to Tinchy Stryder and she hopes to see you all in 2022” This recent cancellation came only a week after organisers were advised that artist Cappella had to cancel due to Covid-19. Whilst many pride organisers have decided to cancel their events in 2021 due to the
Covid-19 pandemic, Northumberland Pride are delighted to deliver crucial visibility
this year. Darren Irvine-Duffy, Chair of Northumberland Pride said: “I’m really pleased that Northumberland Pride have secured such an amazing artist at short notice and thank our team and Loco Talent for their hard work. I am extremely proud of our team of staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past 3 months on the delivery of our festival at such pace. I know many of you will be disappointed that Tulisa can’t perform this year however for many in our community it has been an extremely difficult time and our focus is on delivering a pride for everyone. Our main stage and artists make up only one part of our pride festival and we are delighted that this year’s event will be made up of 73 market stalls, a Health and Wellbeing Zone and Family, Children & Youth Zone, VIP Area and a huge funfair. As part of a drive to vaccinate the nation, Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group will also deliver Covid-19 vaccinations on-site” The Northumberland Pride Festival will see an expected 5,000 attendees descend on Peoples Park to celebrate and promote LGBT+ culture and diversity in the county. For more information about Northumberland Pride and to book tickets visit


NHS support the Northumberland Pride 5k and 10k fun run

Northumbria Healthcare is delighted to be supporting Northumberland Pride fun runs in Ashington as part of the Northumberland Pride festival.

Many Pride events have had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, Northumberland Pride have worked hard to ensure the 5k and 10k runs will take place on Friday August 27 at Woodhorn Museum, Ashington, NE63 9YF.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, rated the highest nationally by its staff for equality, diversity and inclusion*, will be the main sponsor of the 2021 Northumberland Pride fun runs which raise awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender ( LGBT+) communities and celebrates diversity.

COVID-19 has intensified social and health inequalities. The evidence suggests that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on LGBT+ and Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, older people, men, those with obesity and people with a disability or long-term condition.

The collaboration with the trust who has over 11,000 members of staff, and serves a population of over half a million people, hopes the positive impact of such an inclusive event is far reaching. Helping to raise awareness of- and combat prejudice against- LGBT+ communities as well as celebrating its achievements and diversity.

All runners will be awarded a medal, goody bag and t-shirt to wear in time for Northumberland Pride on Saturday August 28 at Peoples Park, Ashington, between 11am -7pm.

Patrick Price, equality, diversity, inclusion lead at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said : “We’re delighted to once again be a partner of this special event. It is fantastic that it can go ahead after everyone has endured a really tough year and a half coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The importance of exercise and supporting peoples’ mental and physical health has certainly become an even greater focus over the last 18 months. Being the main sponsor of the Northumberland Pride 5k and 10k fun runs provides an excellent opportunity to show solidarity with the LGBT+ community and to help enable people to take part in and enjoy some fun exercise.”

Darren Irvine-Duffy chair of Northumberland Pride said:

“We are extremely grateful and excited to once again have the support of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust. This will be the third year the Trust has been the official main sponsor of our annual LGBT+ 5k & 10K which has became a permanent fixture in our calendar of event and marks the start of our Pride Festival celebrations.

The physical and mental health of LGBT+ people living in Northumberland are important to us an organisation and with the support of the Trust we have been able to build on previous years by introducing a new 10k run. The values of Northumbria Healthcare are very much aligned to our own as we support a record number of LGBT+ people in Northumberland. ”

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Tulisa To Headline Northumberland Pride Festival 2021 – Powered by Britishvolt

Leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Plus (LGBT+) charity Northumberland Pride are delighted to announce British singer songwriter Tulisa will headline Northumberland Pride Festival 2021 – Powered by Britishvolt at People’s Park, Ashington on 1st July 2021.

Rising to fame as lead singer in hip hop group N-Dubz, formerjudge on hit UK talent show The X Factor, and mentor to winning act Little Mix, she is set to dazzle pride festival goers with a performance to remember. Tulisa has enjoyed the number 1 spot with hit single ‘Young’ and has recently released new single’s ‘Daddy’ and ‘Sippin’ and will perform alongside other local and national talent.

Darren Irvine-Duffy, Chair of Northumberland Pride, said:

“We’re really excited that Tulisa is topping the bill this year and have been working really hard on delivering a pride to remember and we hope as may people will celebrate with us and see what pride has to offer them.”

“It’s set to be a fantastic year which provides opportunities for LGBT+ people and our allies to come and celebrate together. We’ve worked incredibly hard alongside Northumberland County Council, a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, to safely restore visibility and safe physical spaces for our communities.”

Many pride event organisers have decided to cancel their events in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Northumberland Pride are thrilled that their Festival will take place and restore much needed visibility for LGBT+ communities.

This year, Northumberland Pride will be a ticketed event, in order to make sure that the event is Covid-safe. Kicking off at 11am the day will include live entertainment, a Health and Wellbeing Zone in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, Children, Young People and Families Area in partnership with regional charity NE Youth, a pride expo, fun fair, VIP area, food and drink and more.

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Britishvolt super charges 2021 Northumberland Pride Festival

Leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Plus (LGBT+) charity Northumberland Pride are proud to announce their exciting collaboration with Britishvolt, the company set to build the UK’s first full scale lithium-ion Gigaplant.

Britishvolt, which has inclusivity and diversity at the very heart of its business, will be the main sponsor of the 2021 Northumberland Pride event, which raises awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT+) culture and heritage in Northumberland and beyond. This is achieved by supporting the LGBT+ community 365 days a year with a wide range of services linked to mental health & wellbeing, many of whom are at a disadvantage accessing LGBT+ support services due to the lack of provision over the vast and rural area of Northumberland.

Britishvolt will take centre stage as the main sponsor of ‘Northumberland Pride Festival 2021 – Powered by Britishvolt’. The company, which has rapidly gone from start-up to scale-up, has selected Northumberland as the location for its first full-scale Gigaplant. The facility is critical to the evolution of the UK automotive industry, on the roadmap to electrification and will bring much needed employment to the North East.

Many pride event organisers have decided to cancel their events in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Northumberland Pride are thrilled that the Festival will take place on Saturday August 28, 2021, 1100 – 1900 in People’s Park, Ashington.

This collaboration between Britishvolt and Northumberland Pride will also support some of organisation’s wider community development work that is an essential part of its role to support the Covid-19 recovery and restore visibility for LGBT+ people.

Darren Irvine-Duffy, Chair of Northumberland Pride said:

“Earlier this year we made a commitment to deliver a physical Pride and today I’m thrilled to announce this exciting new collaboration. Our recent research shows that LGBT+ people have suffered greatly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is essential to restore visibility and safe physical spaces for our communities.

“We are extremely grateful to Britishvolt for their positive approach and shared passion to support LGBT+ local communities in Northumberland. As well as powering our event, Britishvolt have committed to their longer term support with Northumberland Pride which will see a number of our vital LGBT+ mental health & wellbeing bags distributed to vulnerable and isolated members of the LGBT+ community”

With roughly a £2.6bn investment and the potential for 3,000 direct, highly-skilled, jobs (with an additional 5,000 in the wider supply chain) the Britishvolt Gigaplant is a monumental and historic moment for the local economy.

The plant will manufacture some of the most advanced and sustainable lithium-ion batteries in the world. Britishvolt will also be at the forefront of the country’s battery cell research and development into new technologies and processes that will further revolutionise the sector.

Jacqui Gavin BEM, Culture, Inclusion & Belonging Manager at Britishvolt said:

“Pride is a time for the LGBT+ community to come together and reflect on how far we have come on the journey towards true inclusion. The fact that Northumberland Pride is a physical event is a brilliant opportunity to really fly the flag for belonging and inclusion. I personally am very proud to have Britishvolt as the headline sponsor, as it echoes to the communities of Northumberland just how focused we are in raising awareness around every aspect of society. Britishvolt wants to attract everyone who wants to work for a company that has a fair, open, transparent and inclusive working culture. This is a great moment for both Britishvolt and Northumberland Pride.

 Tracy Machnicki, Britishvolt Social Value’s Manager, said:

“The mantra at Britishvolt is all about doing the right thing. This is a hugely positive collaboration and will further engrain the fantastic work that our inclusion manager, Jacqui Gavin, continues to drive forward. Britishvolt wants to have a positive impact on the local community in so many ways, and this sponsorship underscores the importance of inclusion and diversity to the company.”

 This year, Northumberland Pride will be a ticketed event, in order to make sure that the event is Covid-safe. On site there will be whole host of fun activities such as a Main Stage, Market Stalls, Fun Fair, Bar & Food, Health Zone, Family & Youth Zone and a VIP Area. To book tickets or for more information, visit

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