At Mitchell's Scaffolding Accrington, we own and maintain a fleet of wagons which are used to transport scaffolding components to sites all over the UK. One of our wagons was used for a rather different purpose at the Manchester Pride festival...
Formerly known as Mardi Gras, the Manchester Pride festival has been an annual event since 1985. The festival celebrates LGBTQ+ people and their lives, with every penny raised being donated to charity. Many high-profile artists have performed at the event over the years, including Ariana Grande, Bananarama, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Gabrielle, Faithless and Basement Jaxx. The highlight of the event is a colourful parade of floats, which winds through the streets and attracts thousands of visitors.
Mitchell's Scaffolding North West was proud to be part of Manchester Pride by supplying a vehicle and driver to carry the main sponsor of the event along with popular band Scooch, who are perhaps best known for representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Our driver John Scrivens arrived early on Saturday morning to give the Thomas Cook team plenty of time to decorate the wagon with balloons, ribbons and flags. We installed a small stage to the back of the driver's cab and positioned a sound system beneath: these were to be used by Scooch who would perform their big hits as part of the parade.
Led by Sir Ian Mckellen with our float following behind, the parade got underway. Unusually for the August Bank Holiday, the sun was shining brightly! The convoy of floats made its way along the route around Manchester City Centre, with thousands of people lining the streets and cheering us on.
As with all of our work carried out by Mitchell's Scaffolding Blackburn, we had a strong focus on health and safety, ensuring that the people on our wagon could enjoy the day safely.
Check out the 'portfolio' page of the Mitchell's Scaffolding website to see more images from the Manchester Pride event, along with details of many other projects we have successfully completed.