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Sussex Police bid farewell to Brighton and Hove Pride for another year

News   •   Aug 04, 2019 23:00 BST

Brighton and Hove welcomed thousands of people into the city across the weekend from Friday to Sunday (2-4 August) for the Pride 2019 We Stand Together event.

Chief Superintendent Jane Derrick said: "We are extremely proud to yet again be part of such an inclusive and diverse event for all across the city.

“Months of preparation has taken place in the run up to this weekend and it would not have been possible without the support and hard work from all of the partner agencies involved. The secret to a successful event is partnership working. I would like to extend my thanks to everyone and also to those who were working across both forces to maintain business as usual.

“Our priority was to keep everyone safe to enable them to enjoy in the celebrations across the city.

“I am hugely proud of the officers and staff who policed Pride this year, many of whom worked very long and busy shifts but remained positive and professional throughout.

“We welcomed thousands of people into the city and on the whole, the vast majority of the people attending Pride events were excellent.

“However, officers did have to make a number of arrests across the weekend which, sadly is to be expected at such a large event.

“We hope everyone who attended Pride 2019 had a brilliant weekend and we cannot wait to welcome you all back next year.”

Saturday saw the main day of celebrations with the LGBTQ+ community parade followed by a ticketed event in Preston Park.

Head of Operations of Pride Becky Stevens said: "We want to thank all of our partners, volunteers and teams for their support to deliver ‘Pride with a Purpose’ – the Brighton & Hove Pride Community Festival 2019.

"Every year, we welcome people from Brighton & Hove and further afield to join with us in this annual Pride celebration. We work with our statutory partners throughout the year with the aim of delivering a safe, happy and welcoming Pride experience for all."

Stuart Meek, Train Services Director at GTR and head of its LGBT+ network, said seven months of careful planning and close collaboration with Pride partners had been a great success.

He said: "Our staff and passengers have had a fabulous Pride! The crowds cheering on our float were amazing and passengers loved our 'trainbow' Thameslink train, which one of our apprentices had designed in support of our active LGBT+ network they're involved in.

"In particular, the rainbow queuing system, extended this year into the road outside the station, was praised by Pride-goers. This, and our longer trains and additional overnight services, really paid off, keeping queues flowing smoothly, which got over 50,000 people home after the event on Saturday night.

"I am so proud of the excellent teamwork of Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express staff from across the network, most especially those at Brighton station and our other busy stations, and rail control centre."

Newsdesk note: At the time of writing this press release (around 11pm) there had been 44 arrests for suspected offences related to possession of drugs, assault, sexual assault, drunk and disorderly and public disorder. St John Ambulance had treated approximately 354 people at the two Pride sites across the weekend.