Swindon and Wiltshire Pride spoke out about the protests at a Drag Queen Story Hour event held over the weekend.

The storytime session for families at the Wyvern Theatre on Sunday morning attracted attention from just more than a dozen members of the far-right group Patriotic Alternative.

They were met by dozens more counter-protestors who supported the sold-out show.

A spokesperson for Swindon and Wiltshire Pride thanked drag artist Aida-H-Dee, the families who attended the event, the police who kept differing protestors safely separated, and the supporters who welcomed guests to the theatre.

The group said in a statement: "When organising this event that was aimed at bringing the community together and providing something fun and enjoyable for families, we never thought there would be protestors.

Swindon Advertiser: Scenes from a protest and counter-protest outside the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

"But we were overwhelmed at the amount of support from the community.

"This event is a drag queen reading children's books to children - that's all. Some of the books have same-sex parents. I know, shocking.

"We were so lucky to be joined by the outstanding Aida-H-Dee as she took us on a beautiful adventure.

"The sold-out show kept the children entertained with a fabulous animated, inclusive, interactive, and engaging story experience.

"The children - and adults - sat absolutely enthralled, hanging off Aida’s every last word. We can’t wait to have you back, Aida."

The Drag Queen Story Hour team has hosted events in schools, festivals, museums, nurseries, and conventions around the country.

The Swindon and Wiltshire Pride spokesperson added: "Thank you for all the kind messages and signs of support we have received in the build-up to this event and on the day both from the local community and much further afield.

"Those wishing to bring hate will always be drowned out by the love of our passionate LGBTQIA+ family and allies both here in the community and the wider world.

Swindon Advertiser: Scenes from a protest and counter-protest outside the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

"Thank you to those who continue to show that love always wins."

Swindon's Pride celebrations will be held in Queens Park from 12pm on August 12 after an 11am parade through the town centre.

Before that, there are a few other events planned. 

Make and paint a ceramic rainbow at Bare Glazed Studio from 10am on August 7, take part in a quiz night at Rudis Bar on August 8, watch the film Pride at the Swindon Arts Centre from 7pm on August 9, and try a pole-dancing workshop at Emily’s Pole Fitness on August 10.

For more information about Swindon and Wiltshire Pride visit swindonwiltshirepride.co.uk