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A POPULAR zone at one of the UK’s largest, free LGBT festivals will be extended, thanks to funding from a major organisation.

Organisers of Newcastle Pride, sponsored by business improvement district, NE1, have been successful in securing a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All, for the Steve Paske Health Zone.

The funding means that those attending Newcastle Pride, which takes place 20 – 22 July at Nuns Moor Park, will be able to visit the health zone on the second day of the festival for the very first time.

On day one, the health zone will offer health screenings and free testing, with medical professionals on hand to answer any questions festival-goers may have.

On the second day, the zone will focus on LGBT mental health and wellbeing as – according to Mind – LGBT people can be at a higher risk of experiencing mental health issues than the wider population.

Stephen Willis, festival director at Newcastle Pride, is delighted to receive the funding and is looking forward to being able to widen the health zone’s reach at this year’s event.

“The Steve Paske Health Zone is an integral part of Newcastle Pride and before now we have only been able to offer it to people attending the first day of the festival.

“Although Pride is a fun day with music and entertainment, the most important part of the event is the community and the health zone is just one way that people can stay informed and make sure they are looking after themselves.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, community donations and grants like these because without them we wouldn’t be able to deliver on all of the different aspects of Pride.”

Newcastle Pride has a packed programme of events happening across the weekend, including the parade, a star-studded musical line-up on the Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage and various zones and entertainment around the site.

For more information about Newcastle Pride, go to or search northernprideuk on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

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