The streets of Aberdeen were brought to life at the weekend for Grampian Pride and it was a fantastic occasion to be part of.
It promised to unite our communities in a way that has never happened before – and certainly delivered.
With a march, stalls, information about LGBT+ organisations and services as well as entertainment and much more it was a real family celebration. It was fantastic to see so many fellow Councillors from all parties out showing their support.
The hard working volunteers leading the organising group did a wonderful job in pulling the first Grampian Pride together and as a Council we were delighted to provide support through funding and logistical assistance.
Saturday was full of colour, something that is becoming very familiar as the city’s events programme really gathers momentum.
Earlier this month the Tour Series and all its excitement arrived in the Granite City – marking the start of the summer’s packed calendar. It was brilliant to see so many people out to cheer on the cyclists, whether the elite professionals or the local riders who joined the growing schedule of races.
ITV had cameras out in force and the coverage showcases Aberdeen to viewers around the world – with the sun shining and the city looking simply stunning, providing the perfect backdrop.
My fellow Co-Leader Cllr Jenny Laing was on hand to start the elite races and to present the medals and we’re proud to have been at the heart of an event the Council worked so hard to secure for the region.
We’re investing heavily in bringing new and inspiring events to Aberdeen. The Tour Series is a wonderful example of the way that approach is grabbing the imagination of local residents and visitors alike. As these events become more and more established, the number of visitors being attracted will grow at the same time and that benefits businesses in a variety of different sectors – helping to diversify our economy and supporting our ambitions for a prosperous city.
That mix of attractions is a feature of the months ahead as we countdown to the Aberdeen Highland Games and Armed Forces Day Parade in June as well as Celebrate Aberdeen and the Great Aberdeen Run in August to name just a few.
The support of the public in Aberdeen has been remarked upon by the organisers of the Tour Series as the best they have experienced in decades of organising races all across Britain. We look forward to that continuing over the busy summer period and thank you all for the enthusiasm and energy that is drawing attention all across the world.
Cllr Douglas Lumsden