In July 1981 London’s annual Pride march decamped to West Yorkshire to confront local police repression. Three artists behind a new theatre and photo show recall a day of reinvention

“There was a rumour going round that there was a march and everyone just literally went up town to look and stare,” remembers the artist Ajamu X – and he was one of them.

It’s fair to say that neither Ajamu, then 17 and not yet out, nor Huddersfield itself had ever seen anything like it: up to 2,000 gay rights campaigners on a full-scale Pride march through the town centre, holding hands, kissing, larking about and singing chants like: “Two, Four, Six, Eight … Is that copper really straight?”

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