SALISBURY Pride UK has been cancelled, two weeks before the event was planned to hit the city.

Supposed to be held on Saturday, August 3, the event would have been entering its third year in Salisbury, featuring a parade, entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy.

Main organiser and former owner of community hub @Home, Louella Adamson, said it is "disappointing" the event will no longer be going ahead, due to licencing issues.

She added: “We wanted this to be the biggest event yet, we were going to have drag queens, comedy, music, face paint, dance, I had so many plans up my sleeve.

“There were no problems last year, it was a brilliant day and was very well attended by all kinds of people. It was just used to celebrate love and it is such a shame it’s not going to happen this year.

“This was such an important event for the LGBT community, as no one else promotes the culture in this way."

However, in response to hearing the event won't be going ahead, Salisbury City Council clerk, Annie Child, said that permission had been given "in principle" to the organiser, permitting she completed the list of checks and conditions the council provided her.

She added: “I am really surprised to hear Pride is not going ahead, when there is no reason for it to not be.

“We’ve tried to help as much as possible, we just want to keep events like this safe, which is why there is a list of things to complete in time for the event.”

Ms Adamson has been contacted for her view on the city council's response.

Tickets that have been purchased from Eventbrite will be refunded.