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BRIGHTON TO HOST KEY GAY NETWORKING EVENT

Monday, 17 September 2007

Village Drinks, the UK's leading social networking event and online community, is to launch an event in Brighton, organisers have announced. The monthly networking event will be called Village Drinks Brighton & South Coast, and the first exclusive event will take place at the prestigious Hanbury Club on Thursday 25th October

The venture will see Village Drinks amalgamate itself with the Sussex Gay Professionals network to host a regular mid-week event for gay professionals living in the Brighton area.  Nigel Patrick, the founder of Sussex Gay Professionals (SGP) and the new Regional Manager for Village Drinks South Coast, said:  “I am delighted for the SGP to be joining forces with Village Drinks.  The event and the supporting website will provide an unparalleled resource for gay people living in Brighton and the South Coast to join business forces, meet new people and, most importantly have fun.” 

Commenting on the new event, Stonewall Chief Executive, Ben Summerskill, said:  "Stonewall would like to congratulate Village Drinks on launching Village Drinks Brighton & South Coast, and hope it proves as successful as its London events." 

The localised event has also been hailed "as a great idea" by the Equality Adviser at East Sussex County Council.

Since the launch of its new website, Village Drinks has grown at a fantastic rate.  Last month the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, endorsed Village Drinks as "a key social and professional network."  The group has also been nominated for the prestigious Stonewall Community Group of the Year 2008.

Events in Brighton are now being planned for October through to April 2008. Invites are also going out to other professional gay networks and groups in the Brighton area, as well as to various local businesses that might have interested members.

Village Drinks Brighton & South Coast will hold its first event at the prestigious Hanbury Club.  Complimentary cocktails will be served on arrival. You need to be on the guest-list to attend.  To RSVP sign up at:  http://www.villagedrinks.co.uk/signup.php

Village Drinks Brighton & South Coast

Ken Livingstone

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