27th August 2019
On Saturday 10th of August 2019, Pride in Surrey held a parade which ran through Woking Town. H G Wells was the perfect location and capacity for over 500 marchers to use the toilets, leave their bags, and have a tea or coffee before the parade set off at 11am. The walking Pride Parade left HG Wells on Church Street East, passed through the town gates, around Jubilee Square and into the Wolsey Place shopping centre. The parade then flowed through the centre, turning left onto Commercial Way and on to The Slug & Lettuce where it dispersed.
Following on from the Parade, the Pride Party in Woking Park began at 12:00 noon and had a fabulous lineup of entertainment, including Michael Rice, (the 2019 UK Eurovision entry), Livin’Jo (featuring Luzahnn), Danny Beard, (Cabaret Artist), Talia Dean (X Factor winner) and many more.
For the hundreds of people who wanted to party on till the early hours, our doors re-opened at 9pm for the official PRIDE “after party”. The venue was full to capacity, with almost 800 people attending to see Fleur East and continure the celebrations. Fleur made fame when she competed on two series of X Factor, in 2005 as a member of the girl group Addictiv Ladies and again in 2012 as a solo artist. She also participated in the 2018 series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
H G Wells was the obvious choice in Surrey for this Pride event: Our Wells Room, with its enormous capacity, brilliant acoustics, stage, sophisticated lighting rig, high ceiling and powerful sound system, and fully stocked bar created the perfect atmosphere. In addition to the Wells Room for Fleur East’s set, our adjacent Griffin Room was used as a chill out and relax zone, with another large, fully stocked bar and comfy black leather sofas and poseur tables and relaxing background music.
There are also spacious dressing rooms for performers and the Ogilvy Room was used as a green room and the Elphinstone Room as a crew room.
We’ll make it our mission to educate both the general community and the LGBT+ communities about the needs, troubles and various other aspects of a LGBT+ culture.
We’ll celebrate these communities and provide a forum to share the history and accomplishments of the LGBT+ people whilst establish how we can also educate those who don’t necessarily understand it”.