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West Lothian Pride would like to thank everyone for taking the time to complete the survey.

I am sure you would agree that what we delivered was pretty awesome and without the kind personal donations of our sponsors we couldn’t have delivered an event to the size and scale that we did.

Included in this report are some highlights from the data gathered and based on your comments we endeavour to deliver a West Lothian Pride in 2019 that at the very least meets your expectations.



Our attendees spanned the whole of West Lothian plus a fair share of attendees from elsewhere.


Facebook and word of mouth seemed to be our best marketing tools.


Around 60% of respondents attended for the first time this year.

Over 80% of respondents rated almost all aspects of West Lothian Pride 2018 as adequate or better. 

Over 70% of respondents rated the venue, the location, the march, the information stalls and accessibility as good or better.


Our star rating for the overall experience of West Lothian Pride is 4.2 out of 5 stars.


Selected comments


Great fun for all, I’d definitely go again.

Fun and good safe place.

This was my first West Lothian Pride but I found it amazing the location is right next to a McDonald's and shopping centre so everyone was able to get dinner and keep busy before getting the train home. The open mic was great, lots of my friends enjoyed all the freebees. The march was extended this year which people I was with who went last year said made it much better and feel for like a real Pride march :-).

Amazing day for my daughter - brilliant to see so much support from local agencies and free bouncy castle, balloons etc for kids


This is a great community event.


The friendly and sociable atmosphere particularly for young people to make new friends was supreme. The balloon man, temporary tattoos and henna tattoos were a win. A face painter would have completed the circle Thanks


Maggie and the team do a fantastic job of organising and running Pride


Really good local event, I felt if there could be more guidance on where Trade and Information stalls were this could help


I was a stallholder (Henna Stylist) and it was my second year trading at WL pride. It was a fantastic second year and has improved from 2017 greatly! The introduction of a music marquee and a stallholder marquee were TGE best improvements from last year! They made such a difference! Last year the rain (uncontrollable) made things a little difficult so I applaud the team for hiring both marquees. Despite the rain again, the marquees drew people in rather than seeking shelter in the foyer. Everyone I henna'd replied positively upon asking if they were having a good day! Many stated "It's so much better than last year!" (In an excited way- not speaking negatively about 2017!) which was a joy to hear! I felt it was excellent having all stalls in one place to allow everyone to peruse at their leisure whilst having the music play in the adjacent marquee. It was great idea having the leaflet of the running order on my stall and dotted around. A very well thought-out pride event that attracted a lot of people! Well done to all!


Keep doing what you're doing.



Listed below is a selection of other comments/suggestions from West Lothian Pride 2018


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We Will

Amazing day, brilliant to see support from local and national agencies.  Balloon Modeller, henna tattooist and temporary tattoos all amazing, Face Painter would have topped it off.

Thank you for the very kind comments, we work really hard to ensure local and national partners are represented at the event. 


We will endeavour to provide a Face Painter and Balloon Modeller next year.

Marquees too small/too hot

Based on the feedback from attendees and particularly stall holders last year, we felt providing an indoor event outside, would allow us to provide the best of both worlds considering the unpredictable Scottish weather – we feel this was proved right with bright sunshine one minute followed by driving wind and rain the next.


If funding can be secured for 2019 we will endeavour to provide a larger entertainment marquee given the space available.

Having MSP’s as guest speakers

At the time of invite, Angela Constance MSP was the minister for Equalities; this was part of a wider Scottish Pride Agenda to further involve Politicians in the drive for change relating to LGBT+ rights etc. 


Hannah Bardell MP is a fervent supporter of West Lothian Pride and from Livingston, so we thought it only right and proper to ask her to speak.  West Lothian Pride is not a political organisation and we do not favour any one party over another.  All MSP’s for Lothian across the political spectrum were invited as were all local Elected Members.


Any suggestions regarding who we should invite along to speak in 2019 are most welcome.

March was extended this year and it was much better, it made it feel more like a Pride March with good exposure between the two shopping centres


March was too long, the added section between the shopping malls made it too long for small children and people with mobility issues

Further consideration will be given to the route in consultation with Police Scotland and West Lothian Council. 


We want to ensure the march and West Lothian Pride has as much exposure as possible.

More buzz and music within the Parade would be good, we were at the back and couldn’t hear the Samba Band

Licensing and funding permitting, we hope to have some floats in the March/Parade next year.

Ensure more of a flow in terms of acts/entertainment - No stars, bigger Acts and more variety

We will continue to promote and showcase local talent from within West Lothian to ensure the stars of future have a platform.


If external funding is secured we will make every effort to provide a varied programme.

More guidance regarding location of trade stalls, catering etc

A map of Pride Village was available via all our social Media platforms and a paper version was also available and being handed out on the day. 


We hope to improve this aspect with larger maps at key points within the Village. 


Catering was provided in the main canteen area within the main building.

After Party a bit flat

It was our first try at an After Party; we hope to make improvements going forward including providing entertainment other than just music.

Need to publicise the event more

West Lothian Pride was officially launched on 17 May with all our dedicated Social Media platforms announcing the launch as well as a newspaper article in the Courier with a further promotional article two weeks prior to the event.


The Council promoted the event via their SM accounts aswell as internally to employees via their online employee magazine.


We worked in partnership with the Councils Roads Department and had detail relating to the event on various road signs throughout WL during the month of July.


Rainbow banners where placed along the Boulevard as well as banners at McDonalds, Xcite Livingston and at the Tony Macaroni Roundabout during the month of July.


Every library and Community Centre in West Lothian where given posters to display at the beginning of July.


We advertised on bus tickets which covered every ticket allocated by First Bus in West Lothian, as well as advertising within the buses themselves in the form of posters.

Change of location to Howden Park or bigger area

West Lothian Pride was moved away from Howden Park in 2017 due to safety concerns and the costs associated with holding the event in this location.


Logistically and from coverage/promotional point of view relocating to the College has enabled us to march along the main thoroughfare and ensure the event is held in a central location. 


Alternative venues are always part of our consideration when planning for the future; however costs are a major factor.


Any ideas of possible venues/locations are most welcome.