There will be no Isle of Wight Pride event this year – according to organisers.
The Island hosted UK Pride last year, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.
The inaugral event took place in Ryde in 2017, but due a lack of volunteers this year’s event has been scrapped.
But it’s hoped Pride will be back on the Isle of Wight in 2020.
A statement on Facebook said:
”A Public Meeting was held on Saturday 23rd March to discuss the future of Isle of Wight Pride after a desperate call was made for volunteers following the departure of some key figures from the organising committee.
“A packed meeting at the Riverside Centre heard plans for the future of Pride with many people offering their support, not only as volunteers for the day but for the organising committee.
“A decision was made that there would not be an Isle of Wight Pride event for 2019, but that exciting plans were afoot to build a sustainable community event for 2020 with a five year plan to help Pride become a staple part of the Island’s events for many years to come.
“Whilst there is sadness in a focal Pride event not taking place in 2019, Pride is not about just one day and there will still be a lot of background work taking place, including community events throughout the year, training with schools and building support and guidance and love for the Islands marginalised LGBT+ community.
“With an increase in Charity Trustees as a result of the meeting, the future for the Island’s LGBT+ Pride charity is bright and promises to bring a Pride March and event in 2020 to coincide with the 50th year anniversary of the Gay Liberation Front being formed, an organisation that Peter Tatchell was heavily involved with and an organisation credited with being a springboard for many of the LGBT+ rights that people in the UK celebrate today.
“Pride will still be looking for volunteers to step forward to help with the many community events that they will be attending in 2019 and plans for 2020 will begin soon with aspirations for something that the Island will treasure and be proud of.
“The new Charity Trustees who joined as a result of today’s meeting are Andrew Newman, Laura Fraser, Peter Leonard.
“Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting today – and for the messages of support from those who couldn’t be there – your continued support means a lot.