A FESTIVAL hit by trouble will now go ahead in August after organisers managed to strike a compromise deal.

Rather than be one large event, Pride Glasgow 2019 will be made up of smaller gatherings across the city.

As told in the Evening Times, Glasgow City Council withdrew permission for a festival outside the Riverside Museum due to unpaid bills.

Now the annual event - this year celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall uprising in New York - will be held in 17 smaller events.

Pride Glasgow chairman Chris Lang said the event had been saved thanks to "amazing support and encouragement" from its sponsors.

"Our low-risk approach to our event programme, and collaborative approach with the many city supporters we have, has allowed us to design a great programme of events for the LGBT community across Glasgow.


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"We were obviously devastated when our deal with the council fell through, but we were in a chicken-and-egg situation of not having funds to pay the deposit.

"We have apologised to our community on several occasions and, as we said, our actions would speak louder than our words."

It is understood Pride Glasgow owed £30,000 to Glasgow City Council in debts from hosting previous events.

The 17 smaller events will be held from Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 18, with a march from Clyde Place to the Broomielaw on the Saturday.

Last year's festival in Kelvingrove Park faced criticism after hundreds of people complained they were unable to gain entry to the event after it was oversold.


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Organisers apologised afterwards and said lessons had been learned.

The festival followed a march through Glasgow city centre led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the most senior political figure in the UK to lead a Pride event.