Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub – they will all be there for sure. And Mrs Cobbit the florist is bound to do a roaring trade.
Yes – LGBTI Pride is coming to the most unlikely place in fiction, the ever-so-proper English town of Trumpton.
Trumpton, a stop-motion animation, was first shown on the BBC in the 1960s but repeats meant it entertained and delighted generations of British children.
It enjoyed a revival last year when social media followers opposing British anti-European party UKIP set up a Twitter account @Trumpton_UKIP to parody the feeds of the party’s local branches.
The party’s openly gay MEP, David Coburn, responded by encouraging his own Twitter followers to report the spoof account as fake. But his plan backfired, gaining @Trumpton_UKIP massive media attention and many extra followers.
Despite Coburn’s presence in the party, UKIP has attracted criticism for opaque or non-existent policies on LGBTI matters and a series of high-profile homophobic and transphobic gaffes.
The date of Trumpton Pride 2015 has not been announced and we can only speculate what it might be like.
The Mayor will want to open proceedings, ably assisted by Mr Troop the town clerk. Miss Lovelace the milliner will have sold everyone a lovely new hat and her trio of Pekingese dogs will compete for ‘prettiest bitch’ in the gay dog show.
Then disaster. The rainbow flag comes adrift from on top of the Town Hall’s clock tower.
There’s only one thing to do. Call Captain Flack and the fire brigade! He will do his roll call of firefighters (Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew… and so on) and then off they will dash to save the day.
Afterwards, when the parade finishes at Trumpton’s park the fire brigade will perform a concert in the bandstand.
Watch a homage to Trumpton’s fire brigade here: