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Source: City of Salford

Two puffin crossings in Salford have been given a new lick of paint to celebrate Pride in the city.

The crossings on The Crescent, outside The University of Salford have been painted in rainbow colours after a request from local resident Kevin De Vulder.

Councillor Sharmina August picked up the request from Kevin, and the markings, including the safe closure of the roads, was arranged by the council’s highways team.

Kevin said: “I’m very proud that my idea to have the rainbow crossing incorporated into the Salford landscape was taken up by Councillor August and the council. It isn’t just about promoting the LGBTQ+ community, it’s also something colourful to help brighten the landscape during these current times.

“Salford in my opinion is the best city in the country at being inclusive and supportive to all races, religions and backgrounds, bringing us all together.”

Councillor Sharmina August, Executive Support Member for Equalities, Communities and Social Impact at Salford City Council. said: “Many thanks goes to Kevin for making contact with the suggestion, it was a great idea. The coronavirus pandemic has challenged so many of us in different ways but the Spirit of Salford continues in this city.

“Although we could not all get together in person this year for the annual Pride celebration – the puffin crossings are a visual reminder and a mark of solidarity with all our LGBTQ+ residents.

“We are all together in spirit.”

Salford Pride is held in June and the event was held digitally this year. Salford City Council flew the rainbow flag to show support with LGBTQ+ residents.

Earlier in the year the council had ‘Thank you NHS’ road markings painted outside Salford Royal Hospital to bring a smile to ‘heroic’ health staff.

Date published
Monday 19 October 2020

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