Police chief to join Gay Pride party
THE new chief constable of Greater Manchester will be among 300 police officers joining in the party at the city's Pride festival this weekend.
Head of Cheshire police Peter Fahy, who will take over the top post with Greater Manchester's force later this year, will join the largest ever contingent of police officers to take part in a gay pride event when he helps celebrate the festival's 18th birthday on Saturday.
Officers and staff from 16 forces across the country will join the parade through Manchester city centre, leaving from the Museum of Science and Industry, in Castlefield, at 2pm. GMP is one of the lead sponsors of this year's Pride celebrations.
The force's parade appearance has been organised by Police with Pride which consists of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender representatives from forces across the north west.Sgt Julie Barnes-Frank, coordinator of GMP's Lesbian and Gay Staff Affiliation, said: "I am totally overwhelmed with the response we have had this year.
"It is fantastic that so many police officers and staff are taking part and it's a credit to them. Each year our presence gets bigger and bigger and this year it is true to say there's never been anything like it in the world."
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