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The Tredegar brass band are returning to London Pride this year (thanks to Kickstarter)

Posted at 3:30 pm, January 27, 2015 in News

Did you watch ‘Pride‘ last year? The brilliant British film told the true story of how a London-based LGBT activist group fundraised for Welsh miners during the 1984-85 union strikes.

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) raised more than £11,000 for workers living in the Neath, Dulais and Swansea valleys. The National Union of Mineworkers returned the favour, supporting LGBT rights at the Labour Party conference in 1985 , and helping them become a part of Labour’s policies.

In fact, miners from the Welsh valleys joined the group for the London Pride march that same year, led by the brass band from Welsh town Tredegar.

This year marks 30 years since the march and LGSM are celebrating the occasion by bringing the Tredegar band back to Pride. The group launched a Kickstarter earlier this month to raise money for the cause and have already surpassed their £2,750 target.

LGSM founder Mike Jackson explains that any extra money raised now will go towards making banners and placards and be put towards the band’s transport costs.

He says: ‘I’m thrilled that we’ve reached our target to bring the Tredegar Brass Band to London Pride 2015. It’s fantastic and thanks to all those people who’ve made such generous pledges. We are still collecting because, with any surplus cash, we can improve the pride experience.’

There’s one day left to donate. Head here to do it. 

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