It’s the gay pride festival that hopes to keep Huddersfield on the ‘pink’ map.

Pinkfields, at Gunthwaite, near Denby Dale, on May 24 and 25, hopes to build on the popularity of the iconic Pink Picnic, which wasn’t held last year.

The festival, unrelated to the Pink Picnic, hopes to re-ignite the pink torch with two days of live music, DJs and entertainment in the atmospheric setting of a wood between Huddersfield and Barnsley.

Highlights include boyband A1, who enjoyed a string of chart hits in the late 90s and early 2000s, and MOBO winning R&B act Big Brovaz.

Other artists include Angie Brown, of The Voice and 1990s dance act Bizarre Inc, and former Hacienda DJ Dave Booth.

Pinkfields, which aims to attract 2,500 people, also features acrobats, circus entertainers, an open mic acoustic stage, a real ale tent, local traders and a hog roast.

The event has been organised by Andrew Edmondson, former landlord of the Foresters Arms, Upper Cumberworth.

Mr Edmondson said: “The area was missing an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-sexual) festival like the Pink Picnic.

“It’s an ever-increasing community; people are a lot more open about their sexuality.

“Huddersfield and Barnsley are seen as hard northern towns and it’s about changing people’s mindsets.

“I would like to think Pinkfields fills the void that the Pink Picnic left behind.”

Pinkfields will take place in a clearing of a wood about one mile from Denby Dale.

A shuttle bus from Denby Dale to the site will run throughout the festival.

Mr Edmondson said: “It’s definitely an atmospheric setting. It’s quite magical and with the dry ice, lights and strobes it’s going to look fantastic.”

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The Pink Picnic, started in 1986, was a highlight of the North’s LGBT calendar attracting thousands of LGBT – and straight – revellers.

The event, held at locations including Greenhead Park and near Castle Hill, was cancelled last year in the wake of a police investigation into alleged missing funds.

A new committee formed in November aims to bring back the festival this year.

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