Thomas Cook Airlines and Manchester Airport sponsor Manchester Pride

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For Manchester Pride’s The Big Weekend 2016, Thomas Cook Airlines and Manchester Airport have announced their return as headline sponsors. This year, they will also be sponsoring the main stage, which will now be known as the Thomas Cook Airlines USA Main Stage.

Neither have previously sponsored the main stage, though this will be the fifth consecutive year for Manchester Airport as headline sponsor, and the second for Thomas Cook Airlines.

‘It’s brilliant to have Thomas Cook Airlines and Manchester Airport back on board for The Big Weekend 2016 both as headline and main stage sponsor. Their involvement in our 2015 events was really successful and enabled us to put on some great additional events including Tram Trax USA in partnership with Metrolink which offered a unique gig on a tram between Chorlton and Manchester Airport with one lucky rider bagging themselves a weekend for two in Miami!’ said Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive of Manchester Pride.

Christoph Debus, chief hotels and airlines officer for Thomas Cook, said, ‘Last year was such an outstanding success with our customers and our employees that we can only see the benefit of partnering with Manchester Airport to support The Big Weekend again this year. We’re focusing our sponsorship on our new Boston and Los Angeles direct flights from Manchester and there will be some amazing prizes to be won. It’s going to be another massive celebration and we can’t wait.’

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‘We are pleased to jointly sponsor Manchester Pride’s The Big Weekend, alongside one of our largest airlines, as we prepare to welcome thousands of international visitors to the region over the August Bank Holiday Weekend,’ added Ken O’Toole, Managing Director of Manchester Airport. ‘We hope the event will be a great success and wish everyone – staff taking part and members of the public – a great time.’

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Charlotte Maxwell is a Vada Magazine staff writer.