Mayor’s iconic rainbow suit becomes a part of history

The Mayor of Wigan borough in his rainbow suit with Alex Miller from Wigan and Leigh archives and members of Wigan Pride Committee

A spectacular rainbow suit worn by the Mayor of Wigan Borough at Pride 2019 is to become a museum piece.

The borough’s first citizen modelled the striking outfit – which proved to be a hit on social media – for parades in Wigan and Manchester this summer.

Coun Steve Dawber chose the suit as a statement of support for the LGBTQ+ community and to show his belief in equality for all.

It has been handed over this week to Wigan and Leigh Archives so that this positive act can be preserved for future generations.

The Mayor said: “I’ve always supported the Pride events so when I was asked to take part in the parades earlier this year, I knew I wanted to make an impact.

“I thought the suit would really demonstrate how proud I was to support Wigan Pride and to help represent the borough at Manchester Pride.

“I had a very positive response from the public whilst wearing the suit, with lots of people asking to take photographs. I really enjoyed wearing it but the serious message behind the suit is that Wigan Council will always be understanding, tolerant and supportive whatever life choices you make. I am glad that it will now be kept in the archives so that people can remember it in years to come.”

Alex Miller, lead officer for archives and local studies at Wigan Council, received the rainbow suit from the Mayor and members of Wigan Pride Committee.

Alex said: “When we saw the Mayor in his rainbow suit, we knew it would be fantastic to be able to keep it in the archives.

“It’s a brilliant symbol of the borough’s support for the LGBTQ+ community. We’re hoping it will be displayed in the museum next year as part of a wider exhibition.”

Dan Bonney, spokesperson for Wigan Pride Committee, said: “We really appreciated it when the Mayor of Wigan Borough wore his rainbow suit as we felt it was a strong gesture that showed both his and Wigan Council’s support for equality. It’s great to have such a positive, supportive ally in the Mayor’s position.