Exeter played host one of the biggest gay pride celebrations in the South West, with a 50 m long rainbow flag floating down the High Street to Exeter Phoenix. 

According to the BBC, hundreds of marchers including firefighters and the local police took part in the celebrations, which were led by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. Roads were closed to normal traffic along the route of the parade on Saturday, thereby commencing a weekend of back-to-back events.

The chairman of the Exeter Pride Committee, Alan Quick, told the BBC: “Exeter Pride is a celebration of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.”

“It is about us having pride in our contributions to a vibrant and diverse city, and the city having pride in us,” he added.

The celebrations will end later tonight with the Pride’s first ever candle-lit vigil.