Members and allies unite today (July 2) at Salisbury Pride in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.

With the aim of encouraging, welcoming and celebrating pride and diversity in the city, Salisbury Pride came back bigger and better than ever this year.

Hosted in Queen Elizabeth Gardens, the event had a capacity of 2000 and organisers estimate over 1000 people were there at 2.30pm.

Cllr Caroline Corbin, festival director, said: "It's brilliant. I need more staff but it's great to see all these smiling faces.

"It's important to celebrate pride and remember Stonewall. Everybody here is doing what they love and enjoying themselves."

Caroline said two or three people were stopped from entering the event due to homophobic comments.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue were at the event with a pride-decorated fire engine with the text 'Fire doesn't discriminate. Neither do we' sprawling across the side.

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Stagecoach also brought a pride themed vehicle and attendees were invited to sit inside.

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Louise Topp, 49, from Salisbury, attended Salisbury Pride for the first time. Louise has high-functioning autism and she was relaxing in the Koala Community Hub tent "watching the world go by".

She said: "It's very good. In the future I would like to see a pride march so more people know it's happening.

"Celebrating LGBT is a great idea and it's been really good to meet people on my wavelength."

Businesses set up stalls and showed their support for the LGBTQ+ community. Landmarc Support Services were handing out bird boxes to children and advertising vacancies.

Claire Harris, 41, communications coordinator at Landmarc Support Services, said: "We have people within the community at Landmarc. We are here to support them.

The company started an LGBT network called Standout 5 months ago. Talking about the event's turnout, Claire added: "I think it's amazing and we'd love it to happen again."

Salisbury Pride is a registered charity and the event was funded through donations, but Caroline says more support is needed to cover costs. 

"Funding for these events comes from donations but it not enough. Our team works hard to put it on," she added.

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