A GROUP of Watchet residents have rallied to organise an LGBT Pride event in the wake of a homophobic incident in the town.

Two women were recently subject to homophobic verbal abuse on West Street beach and even had stones thrown at them - one hitting one of the women on the head.

The matter is currently in the hands of the police, but in the meantime friends of the women, led by Pete Stevenson have organised a LGBT Pride event which will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 5pm.

People of all ages are welcome to attend and there will be live music, food, speeches, dancing, performance poetry and children’s games.

Those attending will be encouraged to celebrate the values of equality and diversity by wearing rainbow colours.

Speeches will come from representatives from the town and district councils, Unite the Union and the local NHS Trust.

Mr Stevenson, also well-known in the area as Pete the Poet, hopes the family-friendly event will become an annual fixture in the Watchet calendar.

Performing as Pete the Poet, Mr Stevenson teaches the values of equality and diversity in schools across Somerset using stories, puppetry and poetry.

He runs Watchet Community Children’s Drama Club and last year wrote and directed Watchet’s first pantomime.

He helped to form the Watchet Community Choir and he is the chairman of the West Somerset Inter Cultural Friendship Group which is the organisation behind this Pride event.

Mr Stevenson said: “It’s time for abuse towards gay, bisexual and lesbian people to stop. We will have a great day full of creative energy, friendship and colour. The support we have received from local people has been fantastic.”

Local resident Michelle Capps added: “We will have a brilliant time at our Pride party to show how much we care abut respect for all."

While another supporter, Sarah Darwin said: “Watchet has an amazing community spirit and homophobia has no place here. Everyone deserves respect."

Anyone interested in contributing should go to the Pride LGBT West Street Beach Party Facebook page and contact Pete Stevenson on 07896 867799.