BARRY police officers will be joining in the community spirit this weekend for the town’s first Pride celebrations.

South Wales Police, a long-standing supporter of the LGBT community, has worked with event organisers to ensure the safety of those celebrating inclusivity and diversity at Barry Pride this Saturday, September 21.

Police report that the event is expected to welcome thousands of visitors to High Street, in Barry, to enjoy live music, entertainment, stalls and more.

Barry police officers, PCSOs, special constables, and the new local policing inspector, will take part in the parade which assembles at 11am at The Academy, Hood Road.

The reassurance engagement vehicle (TREV) will be at the event where officers will be providing information on recruitment and crime prevention advice.

Barry sergeant Julie Odgers said: “We are delighted to be part of the first Pride event here in Barry.

“We welcomed the opportunity to contribute to what should be a memorable day for both the LGBT community and the residents of Barry.

“Officers are thrilled to show their support in the parade and it is wonderful to see so many houses along the route already decorated for the event.

“We have worked closely with the organisers of Barry Pride and the Vale of Glamorgan Council to help ensure everyone enjoys themselves safely.”

A road closure will be in place, in High Street, from its junction with Market Street until the junction of East Street from 7am to 8pm on Saturday, September 21.

A stage is due to be located at the junction of Island Road with Queen Street preventing access to vehicles from its junction onto High Street.

A temporary road closure will take place on Broad Street for the parade at 11.30am.

The parade will start at 11am from The Academy, Hood Road, under the tunnel onto Broad Street and into Island Road.

For more on road closures visit the Vale council's website.

For information on the event see Barry Pride.