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Delivering with Pride

Our first London parade was a huge success

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Colleagues from across the country came together this weekend for our first ever Pride in London parade, on Saturday 25 June.

More than 100 of our people donned a red ‘delivering with Pride’ T-shirt and took part in the annual event to celebrate and support LGBT colleagues and their friends, family and supporters. 

The group walked behind our Royal Mail Pride-themed float as it made its way through central London, blasting out pop classics such as ‘Please Mr Postman’ by The Carpenters and the Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’ to keep the crowds entertained. Our rainbow postbox pin badges and postcards were a big hit with colleagues and spectators alike.

Postwomen Natalie Frost and Julie Barrett from South Midlands mail centre were delighted to attend.

Natalie said: ‘It’s fantastic that Royal Mail has a presence at Pride – it’s about time! It makes me happy that my employer is supporting equality for everyone.’

Julie, who is known as Arnie to her Midlands colleagues, agreed. ‘It’s amazing to see so many people here,’ she said.

‘I’m having a great time, meeting people from across the business. I hope that next year, colleagues will see how much fun we’ve had and there’ll be even more of us.

‘The response from the public on seeing Royal Mail here has been brilliant too.’

As one of the UK’s biggest employers, we are committed to putting equality and diversity at the heart of our business.  The Pride in London event brought colleagues together from across the business, including senior managers Ian Jones, Geoff Braden and Tony Fox, and our chief of staff Mick Jeavons.

Lyanne Maclean, chair of our LGBT steering group, said: ‘It was a fantastic day and a very proud moment for Royal Mail. I can’t thank everyone enough for their fabulous efforts.’

Pride is an internationally renowned event and the spectacular parades take place across the world throughout the year.