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People to share messages of hope during Virtual Romford Pride 2020

Hundreds of people celebrate Romford Pride 2019

A special virtual version of Romford Pride is set to go ahead as organisers work around the coronavirus crisis. 

For the last two years, hundreds of people have filled South Street with rainbow flags to celebrate love and inclusivity. 

Sadly that will not be possible this year due to the spread of Covid-19. Instead, people will be able to watch the LGBT flag being carried through Romford Town Centre from home. 

It will be part of a one hour show which will also feature various performances from drag queens and recorded messages of people sharing their hopes for the future. 

Organiser Stephen Freeman told Time 107.5 they had to completely change their plans once the pandemic hit: 

“We wanted to create something that could still be enjoyed by everybody but just in a different format. We didn’t want our efforts so far to go to waste. We really wanted to find a way that everybody could still come together like they normally would but obviously while social distancing.

“This has the possibility to reach a lot more people than the actual Romford Pride festival can. People don’t need to travel to Romford to experience this – they can log in from all over the world if they want to.”

Stephen explained the theme of this years parade is hope: 

“We’re getting loads of video messages of people telling us their hopes for the future and their little messages for their friends and family and those videos will be incorporated into the Virtual Pride.”

“Everybody’s individual messages remind us as Romford Pride organisers that we have to be respectful and very understanding that it is a personal things for a lot of people. There are so many people who this has affected and I hope, if Virtual Romford Pride can do anything, it can give some people a little bit of entertainment in these uncertain times.”

Romford Pride is happening between 12pm and 1pm on Saturday, 20 June. 

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