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Pride festivities go smoothly

September 12, 2021
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This year’s Nottinghamshire Pride festivities went off without a hitch, with police walking alongside festival goers as they marched in the sunshine yesterday morning.

The city streets in Nottingham were a sea of colour for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic – with police on hand to engage with the crowds and ensure safety.

The annual celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. This year saw reduced festivities with just a march in order to ensure the spread of coronavirus was minimised.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford, along with Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, walked with force colleagues as part of the march, which began at the top of Albert Street, near St Peter’s church, just after 11am, before going all the way down to the Broadmarsh, with the crowds dispersing at the end of Broad Street in Hockley.

Organisers worked with the police and partners ahead of the event to make sure it was well staffed and Pride-goers were able to safely celebrate.

Chief Superintendent Ian Roberts, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These celebrations are great for the Nottinghamshire community and for everyone to join in in celebrating LGBTQIA+ and a show of solidarity against hate crime.

“As a force we welcomed the chance for this festival to take place again this year, as this was a great opportunity for our officers to seek to engage with those attending to further strengthen the links that exist between the police and LGBTQIA+ community.

“We have a proud history of supporting the event as a force and were proud to do so again this year.”

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