Reading enjoys 'biggest ever' Pride event

Image caption Former Eurovision contenders Scooch also performed

Thousands of people have enjoyed the "biggest ever" Reading Pride.

Organisers said they were confident Saturday's event in Berkshire attracted more than the previous 12,000 record set last year.

The sun came out as a colourful parade made its way through the town to the festival site at Kings Meadow Park, for the seventh Reading Pride event.

Swedish pop star Agnes, best known for her number three hit Release Me, headlined the show.

'Picture with Scooch'

Former Eurovision contenders Scooch also set performed.

Labour leadership hopeful Diane Abbott MP also made an appearance as she was appointed as Reading Pride's first patron.

Chairwoman Lorna McArdle said: "It was absolutely brilliant.

"There definitely seemed to be more people here than last year, but it is a bit early to know exact figures, but I believe it is the biggest ever.

"Each year it grows and grows and goes from strength to strength.

"I even managed to get my picture taken with Scooch."

The family festival is aimed at celebrating diversity in the Thames Valley.

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