The town’s biggest trade union branch will be marking a special anniversary with a free film screening as it celebrates Bolton Pride this year.

The yearly festival, which celebrates the fight for LGBT+ equality, will coincide this year with the 40th anniversary of the 1984/85 miners' strikes.

Bolton Unison branch secretary Andrea Egan said that her union would be marking this by paying special attention to the legacy of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.

Ms Egan said: “This year’s Bolton Pride coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 1984/85 miners’ strike, so it’s excellent that Bolton Trades Council is hosting a free screening of the film Pride in Bolton’s Library Lecture theatre on Saturday May 25 at 2pm.

“It’s a powerful and moving film, based on the true story of solidarity between a lesbian and gay miners’ support group, LGSM with striking miners.

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“The film shows the true power of solidarity to break down barriers and transform lives.

“We are delighted that Mike Jackson, one of the founder members LGSM, will introduce the film and be available for a question-and-answer session afterwards.”

Pride is one of the biggest and most anticipated events in Bolton’s calendar and will centre around a parade on Saturday May 25.

The Pride Parade will assemble at the University of Bolton Campus, opposite the Chancellor’s Building and is due to set off at 11am.

The parade will follow an hour-long route around town before reaching Bolton’s Victoria Square with large numbers of Unison members expected to take part.

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Ms Egan said: “As members of a large union, with around 1.4 million members, we know that our biggest strength is in solidarity.

“Our union is committed to fully committed to fighting discrimination and prejudice in the workplace and in society.

“It is important to recognise inequality and bigotry across society but also celebrate decades of struggle to secure a fairer and more tolerant world for everyone.

“Unison stands shoulder to shoulder, with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members and we are delighted to be supporting Bolton Pride.”

Further details about the celebration can be found on the Bolton Pride website.