PLANS for Pride celebrations in 2020 will be organised by a newly launched committee, with a focus on including the community.

Following the news that this year's Pride had been cancelled with two weeks to go, plans have already begun for next year's festivities, with a planning meeting to be held in August.

As previously reported, Salisbury Pride 2019 hoped to bring entertainment, a parade and more to the city on August 3, but was cancelled due to licensing issues.

Deputy mayor of Salisbury City Council, Caroline Corbin, said in her role she wanted to help "shape the 2020 celebration", adding: "I had already started to try to get a steering group organised for 2020 as had heard from various sources that the LGBTQ+ community were disappointed that last year and this year's events were not as community orientated as necessary.

"It is important for Salisbury to ensure that this community, as with any other who are marginalised by circumstance, feel able to hold a celebration which is important to them. The key point is it needs to be well led and organised especially if road blocks etc. are needed."

The group meeting will be held on Monday, August 19, in George and Dragon starting at 7pm, to discuss Pride plans for next year, including funding and dividing the workload into sections.