Pride rock winners enjoy magical afternoon in Ely

Two young rock hunters enjoyed a magical afternoon in Ely after winning special unicorn rings, promoting this summer’s Pride festival.

Freya, six, and Esme, five, were presented with the rings by members of LGBT+ in Ely, who are organising the festival.

The unicorn prize giving afternoon took place at 11a cocktail bar last Sunday, and was a joint collaboration between Spotted in Ely Rocks and LGBT+ in Ely. 
The rock group’s parent company, Spotted in Ely, is a proud sponsor of Pride in Ely.
To promote the city’s first ever Pride festival, Claire Giannandrea painted a special rock in January and hid it in the cannon overlooking Ely Cathedral.

Rockers have been encouraged to post a photo of the Pride rock on Spotted in Ely Rocks, and then re-hide it for someone else to find. Each time someone discovers the rock, they go into a monthly draw to win a unicorn ring.
Claire said: “It’s been found 18 times in the space of three months. We haven’t seen it recently. If anyone’s got it, please share that love and re-hide it.”

Esme first found the rock in the cannon and re-hid it by the Old Fire Engine.
Since then it’s been located in Witchford, Sutton and Jubilee Gardens in Ely – which is where the Pride festival will take place on August 11.
Freya said she was excited to find the rock outside the Scout Hut on St John’s Road while attending Rainbows.

The Pride rock competition will take place every month until July, one of the festival organisers, Fritha Love, said.
“After that there will be something special so keep your eyes open.”
She said she was “very excited” about the upcoming Pride festival, and hopes it will become an annual event.
“Bring your magic unicorn to Pride for a special treat.”

Anna Bennett, of 11a, said she was proud to support the festival, which celebrates gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, but is open to everyone.
“It’s the first time we’ve ever celebrated Pride here. It’s going to be a fantastic event.”
The next Pride in Ely fundraiser will take place at Riverside Bar & Kitchen on April 27th.
LGBT+ in Ely hosts a Queer Brunch on the first and third Sunday of every month at Samovar Tea House.
The Pride festival will kick off at Jubilee Gardens at midday on August 11 – and everybody’s welcome, regardless of their sexuality, age or background.
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