High winds and gusts forced the organiser of Chester Pride to postpone the event.

The event was due to take place last weekend (August 10) through the streets of Chester.

A statement issued by the organiser said: “It is with regret that upon full consultation with Cheshire West and Chester Council, the relevant authorities, and the service providers, that a final decision has been made to postpone our 2019 event.

“The reason for this is due to the high winds and gusts of up to 50mph forecasted by Met Office weather reports for this weekend.

“The safety of all those planning to attend Chester Pride 2019 must and will always come first. The volunteer committee has not taken this decision lightly, but are all in agreement on this matter.”

The organiser is currently working behind the scenes to reschedule the event to a new date that will be announced on the events’ social media platforms, website and local press, later on this forthcoming week.

Warren Lee Allmark, chairman at Chester Pride, said: “Twelve months of hard planning and overcoming obstacles to make sure event is a success has for me been summed up, when I have 12 fantastic members of the committee sit and cry in front of me.

“The team and myself have worked non-stop on this project and we are truly saddened. However, there is a silver lining that we are able to reschedule at short notice in fact to Cheshire West and Chester Council’s events team, service providers and local authorities.

“We will face some really hard operational issues but we are fully behind the event and will do our very best to make sure that 2019 is a year to remember.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to help recover some of the lost costs.