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BROMLEY CELEBRATES DISABILITY HISTORY MONTH

Organiser and host Barry McDonald, Mayor of Bromley Cllr Kathy Bance and comedian Lawrence Clark at Bromley Disability Pride

Organiser and host Barry McDonald, Mayor of Bromley Cllr Kathy Bance and comedian Lawrence Clark at Bromley Disability Pride (Pic: ©Paula Peters)


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Bromley residents gathered for an afternoon of speeches and entertainment at The Great Hall, Bromley Civic Centre for the borough’s first ever Disability Pride event in December. The event, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, was held to celebrate Disability History Month which takes place every year from 22 November to 22 December.

Bromley Disability Pride was planned by local disabled people’s organisation Bromley XbyX in conjunction with students at the Marjorie McClure School in Chislehurst.  The event was opened by Mayor of Bromley Cllr. Kathy Bance MBE and featured performances by top comedian Laurence Clark, Bromley based inclusive dance group Magpie Dance and local talent performances including poetry and singing.

After a great response organisers hope to make Bromley Disability Pride an annual event. Co-ordinator Barry McDonald said, “Bromley Disability Pride was a success and something to build on for the future. It shows that disabled people shouldn’t be ignored and that there is a real audience for an annual celebration of disabled people’s identity here in Bromley.”