Ginger Pride festival to take place next summer, organisers say 'time of bullying gingers is over'

'We sent a tentative time for summer 2016 which gives us plenty of time to make plans and to promote the event'

Ginger Pride is coming next summer as organisers are planning an event to celebrate being redheads in the South West.

Plymouth, Devon, will play host to a gathering which organisers have already started preparations for, having set out plans at a pub meeting last Saturday.

Stuart Parry, 43, told the Plymouth Herald: "The meeting went really well and as well as myself and my wife, three other people turned up.

"I wonder if we're approaching a time when bullying gingers is over," he said.

"Being ginger has stopped being uncool."

The pizza delivery driver from Lipson said he had the idea for the event after suffering with depression, giving him something to focus on "through the bad times."

The ginger festival will not be exclusively for those with red hair, as it seeks to welcome everyone to celebrate all things orange.

The dedicated event page 'Gingers: The Gathering', currently has 797 likes at the time of writing.

Stuart says he has identified a venue already with a capacity of around 150/200 for the inaugural event.

He added: "We sent a tentative time for summer 2016 which gives us plenty of time to make plans and to promote the event.

"We've obviously hit on something here."

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