London calling - Pride engine proves a hit in the parade
8 July 2017
Up to one million people gathered in the capital today to attend the annual Pride in London parade.
About 26,500 people took part in the parade which started on Portland Place at 1.00pm and travelled south down Regent Street, past Piccadilly Circus and eventually on to Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. Up to a million people flooded the streets to attend the celebration, which promotes rights for the LGBT community.
The parade was launched by emergency services in honour of their bravery shown in recent tragic events such as terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. As part of Pride weekend, a rainbow flag was projected on to the Palace of Westminster for the first time.
It seemed fitting then for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to take their new wrapped Pride in Hull fire engine which led the second section of the parade with UK Pride. It is only two weeks until all roads lead to the UK City of Culture 2017 which will host Pride in Hull.
London's heroic firefighters were honoured around the route and officers from the Met Police joined in the celebrations with marchers and public alike.
The annual festivities promote rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community from across not only Europe, but the rest of the world.
London's annual march is the biggest Pride celebration in the UK and is now in its 45th year. This year's celebration also marks 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales. Among those in attendance was Olympic diver Tom Daley and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
The HFRS team who took part were FF Rachel Harrison and FF Nigel Burridge from Scunthorpe Fire Station, SM Dave Collingwood and Media Officer Jonathan Clark.