After taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we are no strangers to showing our association to Manchester.
So, it was only natural that we would support the city’s LGBTQ community by joining in with the festivities at Manchester Pride this year, and entering our latest bin wagon into the effervescent parade.
The Fresh Start team met early on Saturday morning to prepare and dress our latest wagon, Rita Anne, in rainbow flags and bunting. This left just enough time for our colleagues to get into the party spirit of the weekend, adorning themselves with gems, garlands of flowers and a plethora of rainbow flags.
We had a special lorry livery created for the parade. It featured a handful of Manchester Bees in full rainbow regalia and ‘Being gay isn’t a waste…not recycling is!’ as a strapline. Our dozen-strong contingent also had bold placards made to reinforce the wagon’s message, and all wore bright orange Fresh Start branded t-shirts.
At last, it was time for the real fun to begin.
Rita Anne was escorted to her starting position on Liverpool Road, where the finishing flourishes were put in place.