The history of Pride in Cornwall

Beginning life in 2008 Cornwall Pride has gone from strength to strength and is now established as one of the major community events to take place in Truro. Recognised by the City Council as one of it’s top four events it began as the brainchild of then Bar Qdos owners Christian Diament, Valerio Cambulio and Kerensa-Vercoe Rogers. Aided and abetted by friends and colleagues a committee was formed and plans for the very first event on August Bank Holiday 2008 took place – a day consisting of a parade through the streets of Truro, a family Picnic in the Park and an evening ticketed event.

The aim was to bring together those from the LGBT community, their friends and families and all those who supported LGBT issues and rights. From day one the support from the local community has been incredibly positive and although it has had its detractors these have been few in number and there has rarely been any negative response to the event.

Cornwall Council and individual councillors along with Truro City Council have been generous with their support both practically and financially and Pride was delighted last year (2015) when for the first time the Rainbow Flag flew over County Hall alongside the Flag of St Piran and the Union Flag.

While the format of the day has remained each successive chairperson has brought a different approach to the day. Founder Christian became it’s first chair followed by Neil Hawke, Jayne Bridges and the current Chair Phil Whitfeld is in his second year of office.