POLICE have been on alert today after fears an unofficial Pride march would take place.

A large number of officers and police vans were outside Brighton railway station in Queens Road and on patrol in the city centre this afternoon.

However, no such march went ahead.

Earlier today, crowds of people were seen arriving into Brighton at the railway station.

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It follows warnings from police and rail conductors for people not to crowd trains or to attend any unofficial party which could be unsafe.

The Argus: Photo: Eddie MitchellPhoto: Eddie Mitchell

Brighton and Hove Buses were also diverted from Queens Road.

This year marks thirty years since the first Brighton Pride, but the event was called off in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year the celebration brought 450,000 people on to the city's streets and saw Kyle Minogue perform to delighted fans in Preston Park. 

The official event has moved online this year and revellers can enjoy live streamed performances from home, including Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne and Nile Rodgers.

The Argus:

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove Pride said: "Large, unplanned and unauthorised gatherings are banned during the pandemic.

"To prevent the spread of the virus, people are being urged to avoid mingling in groups from many different households.

“Transport services to and from the city are limited, with trains running only a quarter of their usual services due to the impact of Covid-19.

"This year’s ‘stay at home’ Pride is very different from the usual event and aims to keep the spirit of Pride thriving while keeping everyone safe inside."