The Pride Picnic celebrations in Swindon were a big success according to organisers.

Shoppers in the town centre were met with an  eye-catching parade that flowed past the shops before heading to Queens Park to mark the start of a day of Pride celebrations.

Festival-goers who braved the heat enjoyed a packed day of music and picnics in the town-centre park.

One said “thank you Swindon & Wiltshire Pride for giving my boy a space to be himself without fear of judgement and within a totally supportive environment. Our first Pride, it won’t be the last.”

Community engagement manager Phoenix said: “We wanted today to bring people together, to give them a space to be happy, and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Sarah Mason, vice chair of the charity said “This event wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the help of a huge amount of people.

"We’re extremely grateful to all the volunteers, committee members, our sponsors and the companies who donated food and drink for our helpers.”

It cost Swindon & Wiltshire Pride over £14,000 to stage the picnic.