Kingston Council raises rainbow flag to mark London Pride festival

Cllr Margaret Thompson, the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames raised the rainbow flag outside the Guildhall today (1 July) to celebrate the London Pride festival and show the borough’s support for its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community.

The Mayor was joined by Leader of the Council, Cllr Liz Green, LGBT+ champion Cllr Sam Foulder-Hughes, councillors, staff and other local community representatives to mark the event.

Cllr Sam Foulder-Hughes, Kingston Council’s LGBT+ champion, said:

“It is, undoubtedly, with a sense of pride that we are flying the rainbow flag. This is the first year the flag has been raised at the Guildhall and represents our commitment to equality and shows our support for the LGBT+ community. Kingston is a thriving and diverse borough - a place where we don’t just tolerate difference, we celebrate it.

“London Pride is a month of celebration where Londoners acknowledge the victories on equality and LGBT+ rights won over the past 50 years. I hope that many people attend Pride over the weekend and show their support.”

London Pride is a festival for the whole community with events organised across the capital. A huge parade will be held in central London on Saturday 6 July from 12pm. To find out more about events across London visit