THIS year's Barnsley Gay Pride will be dedicated to Steven Simpson, the gay teenager from Cudworth who died last year after being set on fire at his 18th birthday party.

Organisers from the Barnsley Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum were given special permission to dedicate the event to Steven by his mum, Bernadette Simpson.

The Barnsley College student was taunted for his sexuality before suffering 60 per cent burns after a flame was put to his body, which was soaked in tanning oil, at his party last June. He died two days later.

Jordan Sheard, 20, of Darfield Road, Cudworth, was jailed for three-and-a-half years after admitting manslaughter.

However, following a campaign by anti-discrimination pressure groups, Sheard's sentence is to be reviewed by Attorney General, Dominic Grieve.

Gay Pride is on September 1 at Peel Square and Peel Street with about 30 stalls opening at 10am and live music and entertainment on the main stage from at 11am.