This week's Friday blogging conveniently follows last night's photography at the Manchester Pride Dinner!
The evening started in the VIP bar (one of the suites at the Palace Hotel), beautifully laid out (if a little behind schedule!)
Here's Angie, one of the other photographers who did Pride with me, posing obviously with Graham Norton! Graham hosted the evening and I thought he was fantastic, not everything went smoothly and he came across as a very clever, warm and talented man. (I didn't get a photo with me I'm afraid!)
When everyone left the bars to go to the Grand Hall me and Angie were waiting by two photo walls to give everyone a chance to have a photo taken. It was a mad half hour made better by photographs of...
people I know
people who have big smiles :)
And beautiful people
The hall looked amazing. 450 people!
All the faces of Pride were there
I love the smoke in this one of Sir Ian, I had to turn it black and white!
On the right of this picture is the lovely James who gave me wine, thanks!
The big act of the night was Pam Ann, I had to google her before the event ;) but actually she was very funny I thought (although I don't hear everything when photographing, one of the down sides!)
Pam targeted Pride festival director, Jackie, for a bit and I have a lovely sequence of reactions
I hope I get extra brownie points for these next two of Graham Norton clearly showing the Pride logo! Great for press right?
That second one is Graham drawing the raffle, then there was a big auction, and then a band, and dancing!
All in all a great night I thought, thanks for asking me along, are there really no more Pride events until next year...?