Virgin Trains brings rainbow to Newcastle station for Northern Pride

Newcastle Central Station is to be lit in six rainbow colours to celebrate this year’s Northern Pride LGBT festival in the city.

The exterior of the station’s portico will be illuminated by Virgin Trains East Coast from tonight (Wednesday) until Sunday to welcome visitors to Newcastle.

The train company is working with partners across Tyneside to add extra colour to the recently refurbished portico of the Grade One listed station, which was first opened by Queen Victoria in 1850.

More than 65,000 people are expected to visit Northern Pride this week. It is estimated that the festival will boost the regional economy by £8 million.

Virgin Trains East Coast managing director, David Horne, said: “Newcastle Central Station is an iconic landmark in the city and we are proud to light up this historic building in such a bright and modern way.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the thousands of extra visitors that this event attracts, and hope that people will enjoy the extra sparkle we have added.”

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