Brighton and Hove Pride attracts 160,000

Posted On 09 Aug 2010 at 7:22 am

Brighton and Hove Pride attracted more than 160,000 people at the weekend.

About 56,000 arrived by train on Saturday alone, according to Sussex Police.

The weather held for the biggest Pride since the event’s modest beginnings in 1992.

And the parade from Madeira Drive to Preston Park was as colourful as ever despite funding worries throughout the year and even during the build-up to Saturday’s main event.

Spacewords Brighton

See one of our previous reports here, with more links below.

Eleven people were treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, mostly for drink and drug-related problems.

St John Ambulance treated more than 200 people, mostly for drink-related problems.

About 20 people were arrested for having drugs or for being suspected dealers.

A man aged 50 was arrested in Brighton on Friday for having ketamine worth about £140,000 which was believed to have been destined for sale at Pride.

See our report of his arrest here.

Sussex Police led the procession on Saturday for the seventh year running with colleagues from other forces.

The event’s police commander Superintendent Steve Whitton said: “Once again, people have attended in their thousands to line the streets and take part in the Pride celebrations.

“Given the huge numbers we have seen attending, it has been a peaceful and successful event with very few isolated incidents.

“I’d like to thank all the organisers, the emergency services and all the participants for making the event such a great success.”

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