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'A celebration of love': Hundreds parade through town centre for Romford Pride 2019

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 July 2019

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

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A riot of colour lit up Romford town centre on Saturday as the borough marked its second annual Pride parade to celebrate Havering's LGBT community.

Amanda Bang, Mayor of Havering and Saffron Slater at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Amanda Bang, Mayor of Havering and Saffron Slater at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

Organisations that took part in the Romford Pride 2019 parade on July 27 included Havering Samaritans, The Queen's Theatre, Bower Park Academy, the Havering LGBT+ forum and Metro Bank.

Imogen Taylor, three and Reuben Taylor six at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Imogen Taylor, three and Reuben Taylor six at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

The official route took participants down South Street from Romford Station before finishing in the Market Place.

Freya Dongworth, three at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Freya Dongworth, three at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

That meant everyone involved marched past the Main Stage which was located opposite the Moon and Stars, which was being hosted by popular drag queen Amanda Bangs.

Kris Clark, Jenny Smith, Jemma Cooke, Andrea Redgrave and Paul Clark from Havering LGBT forum at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Kris Clark, Jenny Smith, Jemma Cooke, Andrea Redgrave and Paul Clark from Havering LGBT forum at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

Festivities began at 12 noon but went on into the evening throughout the town centre.

Abigael Martin, Matthew Sloan, Jessica McAneny, Marina Sapiano and Ellie Mason, all 14 at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Abigael Martin, Matthew Sloan, Jessica McAneny, Marina Sapiano and Ellie Mason, all 14 at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

In a statement on Romford Pride's official Facebook page, the event organisers paid tribute to everyone who had been involved in making it such an excellent day.

Bower Park Academy at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Bower Park Academy at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

They wrote: "Romford Pride 2019 was a celebration of love.

Alice Corby, two, Liz Cocks and Lesley Atkins-Smith representing ASLEF at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Alice Corby, two, Liz Cocks and Lesley Atkins-Smith representing ASLEF at the Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

"Thank you to the organisers, Havering Council, Havering Police, local businesses, charities, sponsors and organisations.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

"Thank you to the stewards, security, performers, speakers, artists, backstage crew, local pubs and clubs, and to all those who braved the rain to join our huge Pride celebration.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

"Our community is stronger when it stands together.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

"We do not live alone.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

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"We are all responsible for each other.

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"If you see a hate crime: report it. Reach out to those you care about.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

"Romford Pride is one day, but let's continue to feel proud each and every day.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

"Romford Pride will continue to work with local provisions to create a more accepting town for us all.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

"See you in 2020..."

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

Councillor Michael Deon Burton, Mayor of Havering, gave a speech on the main stage at the start of the event, and was blown away by the response.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

He told the Recorder on Monday: "The atmosphere was incredible - the public came out in great numbers.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

"There were hundreds of people there which just goes to show the high-esteem and the warmth the people of Romford and the people of Havering have towards our LGBT community.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

"This is only the event's second year, but the professionalism and the effort that had been put in to make sure the day went smoothly does everyone involved a huge credit."

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.Romford Pride event on Saturday. Picture by Ellie Hoskins.

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