For a second year running, Manchester Pride has raised one of the lowest amounts in its 17 year history. Just £95,000.
This is despite the highest ticket prices ever (some people paid £18) and more than 40,000 tickets sold according to a report on the LGF website.
This is further proof that running costs for this event are completely out of control and that businesses and the City Council are not contributing enough.
Amounts raised in recent years:
|2007||£95,000 (pay event) – Manchester Pride becomes a charity in its own right.|
|2006||£70,000 (pay event) – the organisers are forced to pay VAT on the years 2004-2006 after the taxman (like the rest of us) comes to the conclusion that Pride is no longer a charity event|
|2005||£120,772 (pay event)|
|2004||£129,426 (pay event)|
|2003||£127,690 (pay event)|
|2002||£65,000 (free event)|
|2001||£70,000 or £100,000 – reports vary (free event)|
|2000||£105,000 (free event)|
|1999||zero raised – the first year with the ‘pledgeband’/wristband (pay event)|
Back in August, the Pink Paper reported that sales of Manchester Pride tickets were up by ‘a massive 200%’. I speculated then that this ‘200%’ would turn out to be hype as it had in previous years. Sure enough, figures for ticket sales in the past have ranged from 35,000 to 45,000. There was no 200% increase in 2007.
Also in August, Andrew Stokes, the chairman of Manchester Pride claimed that 100,000 people ‘pass through the event area during the four-day Big Weekend’.
This was further spin (and that’s putting it politely) as no one can ‘pass through the event area’ without a ticket. Both articles also carried the usual misinformation about 200,000 people watching the Saturday parade — a physical impossibility.
No doubt Manchester’s businesses enjoyed £22m of extra business thanks to Pride, as usual. This is the official Manchester City Council figure.