Worthing Pride will take place in the town for its second year today (Saturday, 13), after a sell out event in 2018.

The festival will celebrate the LGBT community and the progression of diversity in the town.

Event organiser James Spencer, 44, from Worthing, said:

“People are actually saying ‘look, I’m from Worthing and I moved away many years ago as a gay man or woman, and to actually come back to see this…’

“They never thought in a million years that they’d be able to walk along the prom or through the town centre holding hands with their partners, and everybody just accepting it.

“For us, that’s mission accomplished; that’s exactly what we wanted to achieve.”

A parade will be held at midday along the town’s promenade, followed by live music and other special events at the Beach House Grounds from 1pm.

James said the event is family friendly and anyone is welcome, with activities set up for all to enjoy.

Last year was the first ever Worthing Pride which exceeded expectations, according to organisers.

The event had a maximum capacity of 4,000 people, which sold out within the last month leading up to the event.

Thousands of supporters and businesses lined the streets, cheering and embracing the parade.

James added:

“As a Worthing Pride event manager I am so proud of my town for all the business that have come out in force to show support and all the people who are coming along to the event today.

“We have a lot of interaction with people via social media and there’s a real buzz about the town at the moment.

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone into our grounds and just have a really wonderful day.”