York & North Yorkshire

York's Pride parade in minute's silence for Orlando victims

Bus in parade
Image caption Actor Christopher Biggins led the parade

A minute's silence has been held for the victims of the Florida nightclub shooting at the start of York's Pride parade.

Prayers were said outside York Minister and 49 balloons were released, one for each person killed.

North Yorkshire Police's Acting Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said extra officers would be deployed "purely for reassurance".

The annual parade was led by actor Christopher Biggins.

Mr Biggins said it was important for the LGBT community to show "solidarity".

"Because of the Orlando situation we are here and we are important," he said.

"It's marvellous and the enthusiasm of the York population is fantastic.

ACC Madgwick, who attended the parade, said the additional police presence was not in response to any increased risk to the event.

"There is no background of any information in relation to extra violence or extra demonstrations," he said.

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