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County lit up red in support of events professionals

Events venues around the county were lit up red yesterday evening (30th September) in support of professionals affected by the shutdown of events during 2020.

County events professionals gathered for the We Make Events Stand As One demonstration outside Cheltenham Town Hall, as part of a global day of action.

The demo was open to all event industry freelancers, full-time employees and business owners affected by the shutdown of events due to Covid-19, who are calling on the government for financial support.

In Gloucestershire, a group of 20 suppliers collaborated to promote county businesses, and raise awareness for the #wemakeevents campaign, including Oasis Events Ltd (planning), LPM Bohemia (tent), Woodlands Generators (power), Peak Hire (lighting) and Mark Nicholson (photographer).

Other venues around the county taking part included Gloucester Guildhall, Cheltenham's Playhouse and Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham.

Over 30 million people in 25 countries would usually work in the events industry, but with social distancing measures in place, there is no possibility of a financially viable return for the foreseeable future. The majority of the industry has had no income since March, and a date to return to work has become impossible to predict, leaving many companies and individuals devastated, both financially and personally.

Photo credit: Mikal Ludlow

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