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Extra trains services confirmed for travellers to Brighton Pride

As the countdown to the most colourful weekend on the south coast continues, rail provider Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has confirmed plans for extra Saturday train services to help visitors to the city get home from Brighton & Hove Pride 2019 weekend, this summer.

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A highlight in Brighton’s calendar, Pride takes place from Friday to Sunday, 2-4 August, with Kylie Minogue headlining the main LGBTQ Pride fundraising event at Preston Park on Saturday
3 August.

The operator, which runs Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services out of Brighton, is adding and lengthening services to bolster capacity throughout the weekend, particularly after the main Pride in the Park event finishes on Saturday evening when additional services will run late into the night.

GTR has been planning for the event since January, working closely with the Brighton & Hove Pride organisers, Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove City Council and other local partners.

In the spirit of Pride, the organisers and partners have worked closely with GTR to extend the train station’s rainbow queuing system outside, to direct passengers leaving the event into the appropriate queue for their train before they get to the station.

Angie Doll, Passenger Services Director for Southern and Gatwick Express, said:

“We are really proud to play our part in making sure travellers can get to and from this year’s Pride, which promises to be another dazzling celebration of inclusivity.

“This year, we are really pleased to have supported the organisers and partner agencies in an enhanced queuing system which will really help get people safely away from the event towards the train station. We are providing extra services but as you would expect for such a popular event, it will be very busy, so I would ask everyone coming to the event to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to get home.”

Paul Kemp, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Pride 2019, said:

“Pride is an important event for our City with visitors coming in from across the UK & worldwide. We are extremely heartened by the positive working partnership and support over Pride weekend and the enthusiasm from all at GTR.”

Further details on trains, transport and travel can be found at brighton-pride.org.

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Crawley teacher wins Sussex teacher of the year award

It’s been an outstanding few weeks for Hannah Joyner a Learning Mentor at Thomas Bennett Community College who has been awarded Wellbeing Champion of the Year at the Sussex Teacher of the Year awards ceremony.

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Working closely with students at the school Hannah offers outstanding pastoral support and always goes the extra mile. 

The heartfelt nomination was written by a student who said:

“She makes the school a better place where we feel like there is someone supporting us all the way”.

It’s clear to see that Miss Joyner loves her job and says “The students at the school are outstanding young people who are a pleasure to work with.  Hearing such wonderful words from a student validates why I enjoy what I do”.

Offering students excellent pastoral care and ensuring they feel supported at school is so important.  The students at Thomas Bennett Community College are obviously appreciative of the wonderful work the school do and this is so lovely to hear.

Headteacher Stuart Smith said:

“The whole school community are very proud of Miss Joyner for winning the Wellbeing Champion award and for making such an important contribution to the lives of our students.”

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