An array of rainbow umbrellas are now dancing above the heads of shoppers at Coppergate Walk to mark the start of Pride Month.
Now in its third year, the “Coppergate Centre Pride Brollywalk” sees 36 rainbow umbrellas suspended down Coppergate Walk. The Pride Brollywalk comprises part of a whole season of colourful displays at the Coppergate Centre, running from May to September with a different themed display each month. The rainbow brollies replace flying brollies and brooms, which were in place throughout May to mark the opening of the Hole In Wand Wizard Golf.
Centre manager Pippa Unwin said: “We vary the displays to bring a different theme each month, but the rainbow brollies have become synonymous with the start of the summer—and show our support for Pride Month in a way that puts a smile on everyone’s face. It is a shame that the parade, that forms an important part of York Pride, isn’t able to take place again this year, but we hope that its usual supporters will pop down [to the brollywalk] and share a photo as their own way of marketing this important month on the LGBTQ+ calendar.”
The umbrellas went up at the end of a busy bank holiday weekend for the Coppergate Centre—which has seen JORVIK Viking Centre opening until 9 pm each night to meet the demand from visitors, keen to make the most of the lifting of some lockdown restrictions—and The Hole in Wand is fully booked for the whole of the half term week.
Pippa added: “The great weather has certainly reinstated the feel-good factor for our shoppers and visitors over the weekend, and it’s good to see stores and attractions welcoming back strong numbers of people.
“More outdoor seating areas—including the York BID’s benches, the extended Café 21 in St Mary’s Square, and seating for our Cattle Shed street food—have created a lovely al fresco space in the heart of the city. We’re also delighted to welcome our Greek street food kiosk into the square—there’s nothing like feta cheese to remind you of summer holidays!”
The rainbow brollies will remain in place for four weeks, until they are replaced by a tennis themed display, as the Coppergate Centre prepares for the return of Wimbledon, with a screen—funded by The York Bid—in the square showing all the major matches from Monday 28 June to Sunday 11 July.