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Hundreds attend town Pride event

Reading Pride 2009
The Reading Pride event has been held every year since 2004

Hundreds of people have taken part in the Reading Pride in Berkshire.

A colourful parade made its way through the streets of the town and the Market Place to the festival site at Kings Meadow Park.

The organisers said up to 15,000 people were expected to attend during the day and evening.

Extreme right-wing group the National Front had sought permission from police to hold an anti-gay protest at the event but then decided not to.

A National Front spokesman said the group had not wanted to interrupt the parade, but had wanted the right to peacefully protest.

A spokesperson for the event said: "Reading Pride believes in equality, diversity and freedom of expression from all groups in society.

"We value all opinions both culturally and politically.

"There is still a war against discrimination and visibility is the most powerful weapon available."



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