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Queer Editorial

blacktieball18.jpg What can this generic pic mean?

It means that Newcastle Pride are gearing up to host their annual Black Tie Ball with all funds raised going to Northern Pride, which organises Newcastle Pride.

I don’t need much prompting to get dolled up, and, indeed, I’m often accused of overdressing (well, you’ve got to make an effort when you’re popping out to stick the lottery on, haven’t you?) so I’m chomping at the bit for the Black Tie Ball. This year’s grand knees-up will include a three-course meal and a full evening of entertainment with live performances from The Shelley Stevens Show and Storm Function Band – covering a range of genres and much-loved classic songs – and a disco late into the night. It’s all in aid of keeping Newcastle Pride – one of the biggest events of its kind in the country – nice and free.

Stephen Willis, festival director of Newcastle Pride, frothed: “The Black Tie Ball is always a popular event and we have some brilliant acts lined up this year. It’s a great excuse to unwind and get in the party spirit in the lead up to Pride, so we hope people get their glad rags on and join us for a fantastic night of fun.” What else do you wanna know? That there will also be a raffle on the night with oodles of great prizes to be nabbed? You got it!

Black Tie Ball, Wednesday 27 June, Crowne Plaza, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle, 7pm-1am, £39.99 (or £365 for a table of 10). northern-pride.com/shop/tickets