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First ever Romford Pride to take over town centre tomorrow

PUBLISHED: 09:13 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:13 27 July 2018

Romford Pride is going to be held in the town centre on July 28. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images

Romford Pride is going to be held in the town centre on July 28. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images

Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images

The first ever Romford Pride will be taking over the town centre tomorrow, if you are going send your photos to liam.coleman@archant.co.uk

New Pride signs at Romford Station in time for the Pride festivalNew Pride signs at Romford Station in time for the Pride festival

Romford’s first ever pride event is set to take place tomorrow.

Live music, market stalls, fairground rides and a march through South Street, Romford, to resemble that of Pride in London, are going to be taking over the town centre tomorrow (Saturday, July 28).

Speaking a few months ago, co-organiser Stephen Freeman, 25, of Romford, says he is excited but there was still a lot of work to be done.

“We’ve got a lot of ideas for the day so we’re quite busy just trying to get everything sorted”, he said.

Map of where the march and Romford Pride event will be taking place.Map of where the march and Romford Pride event will be taking place.

“I do want it to be an annual event that people will love but I think the LGBT+ community needs it to be.

“They have a voice but are struggling to be listened to, often going unheard, and the needs of that community is washed away with localised homophobia.

“Having Romford Pride would show residents that these people are just as much part of the community as them.”

Stephen, who works as a promoter at nightclub Kosho which holds a regular gay night, will also be asking for people to submit their “My Wishes” on the day.

These will be people’s ideas to help improve LGBT+ community provisions in the borough, which Romford Pride organisers hope to bring to life by the time the event is once again planned to be held in 2019.

The event is being held in conjunction with the organisers, as well as Havering police and the LGBT+ Forum.

Those behind Romford Pride are also seeking to make it into an official charity in the near future.

Stephen said: “I’m hoping that this will lead to the community having more of a place in the town on a day to day basis, rather than just one night a week which it is now.

“You have got London Pride and Essex Pride but we are in the middle of both, so the need for this in 2018 has never been stronger and especially in Romford.

“We want Romford Pride to help put the town on the map.”

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