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Wigan young people get a shoe in at Manchester Pride.

Young people from Wigan Borough promise to be the life and sole of the party after managing to shoe in an entry to the Manchester Pride parade.

Anyone travelling to Manchester Pride festival should look out for the borough’s entry in the famous parade on Saturday afternoon.

The Open Minds Group and B.You group, run by Wigan Council youth workers,  have created a bespoke rainbow flag sprayed car complete with a large glittery shoe adorning the roof.

The design is inspired by Priscilla Queen of the Desert, after the groups saw a stage show adaptation during a recent trip to London to learn about politics.

The creation has been put together at Fix It, a Spring View-based charity where young people can learn about motor mechanics.

Councillor Sue Loudon, cabinet champion for young people and Fix It board member, said: “I’ve been coming down to Fix It for the past few weeks to help out with this project and the group have been so welcoming. It’s been a real pleasure.

“Anyone thinking of heading to Manchester on Saturday should watch the parade and not only marvel at their creation, but also cheer them on.

“They have worked so hard and I wish them the best of luck – they deserve it!”

Wigan Car Paints donated the paint for the creation, while AJ Signs donated the vinyl signs on the car.

Fix It owner Ian Tomlinson said: “This is the first time I have worked with these young people and it has been a real pleasure.

“We’ve promoted a bit of team work to get them all working together but their enthusiasm has bowled us over.”

The Manchester Pride festival takes place each year over the August Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate gay pride in the city The colourful parade through the city is a highlight of the weekend.

The parade sets off from Deansgate at 1pm before travelling towards Albert Square and finally ending at Whitworth Street near Manchester’s famous Gay Village.

You do not need the weekend ticket required for other Pride events to watch the parade.

The project was funded by the Positive Activities for Young People Team, a donation from former Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust Chief Executive Rodney Hill and a grant from Wigan Council’s Adult Services.