Updated: Monday, 20th November 2017 @ 5:34pm

Scrub-up! LGBT Community to get down and dirty in second Village clean-up ahead of Pride Big Weekend

Scrub-up! LGBT Community to get down and dirty in second Village clean-up ahead of Pride Big Weekend

| By Josh Willacy

The Village business Association is calling on the LGBT community to don the marigolds and get their knees dirty for the second Village Clean Up.

Following the success of the first clean up, the group hope that volunteers will sacrifice their time to give the village a last minute spruce before the Manchester Pride Big Weekend.

The clean-up is part of the Our Village initiative which was saw more than 100 flowers planted on the last operation, coinciding with the hanging flower baskets that now adorn Canal Street.

Tony Cooper, Chair of Friends of Sackville Gardens said; “It is great initiatives like the VBA’s Village clean-up that are starting to help create that community feel on Manchester’s Gay Village again as well as helping people re-engage with the fantastic green space we have in the heart of our Gay Village.

“Working together we can achieve so much and we are already seeing the benefits around our blooming Gay Village and Park."

The VBA comprises of more than 40 businesses in Manchester’s Gay Village, who work together to try and enhance the reputation of the Village and to provide a safe place and a voice for the LGBT community.

The event will take place in Sackville gardens at 11am and it is hoped that the LGBT community will get involved once more to beautify the area before it welcomes tens of thousands of people over the august bank holiday.

Jackie Crozier, Chair of the VBA said: "The first clean up event was a massive success and the perfect start to the journey of rejuvenation for ‘Our Gay Village’.

"We have laid the best foundations possible and it is so important that we now come together as a community and build upon them to help make Manchester’s Gay Village the best possible version of itself."

Image courtesy of Kevin Smith, with thanks.