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Brighton Pride parade led by Gatwick Airport for 2nd year in a row

150 members of Gatwick staff joined the airport’s branded bus to lead the parade at the UK’s biggest Pride event which more than 300,000 people participated in.

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London Gatwick led the Community Parade at Brighton Pride festival over the weekend, as more than 300,000 people participated in the city-wide celebration of diversity in the community.

For the second year in a row as a sponsor of the event’s Community Parade, Gatwick’s branded bus led the parade through the city alongside 150 members of staff from the airport.

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The LGBTQ+ community event has become the UK’s biggest Pride festival and the theme this year was ‘Colour My World’. It celebrated the 40th anniversary of the rainbow flag’s original eight colours of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, representing: sexuality, life, healing, sun, nature, art, harmony and spirit.

As the number of international visitors to Brighton Pride has continued to grow over recent years, so too has Gatwick’s long haul route network, which currently provides 67 long haul routes to and from countries as diverse as China, the USA, Argentina, Canada, South Africa, Dubai and Hong Kong.

Brighton Pride is also just one of a wide variety of local events Gatwick has sponsored this summer, having also partnered with: the Brighton Marathon Weekend, The Big Bang STEM Fair in Ardingly, Crawley High Street Live, Horley Carnival and Gatton Park Fair.

Gatwick also demonstrated its support for Pride by changing the profile images across all of its widely followed social media channels, to reflect the Pride Rainbow flag.

Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said:

“Gatwick enjoys close links with the Brighton community and as one of the largest employers in the region we are excited to celebrate the diversity that reflects our workforce and our local community. 

As an organisation Pride plays an important role bringing together both the local community and the wider LGBTQ+ community and we are proud that it forms such a prominent part in Gatwick’s community engagement programme.” 

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Criminals beware, Project Servator has launched at Gatwick and it WILL spot you!

Unpredictable, that’s the key word for the project launched at Gatwick Airport for the first time, ensuring that security checks are performed without any notice.

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In this day and age we all feel a sense of safety whenever we see a police patrol going about their business.  None more so than at an airport.

“deter, detect and disrupt hostile reconnaissance”

Now Gatwick has gone one step further and adopted the national project Servator that has performed so well up and down the country.

Inspector James Biggs from the Gatwick Police Prevention Team explained:

“Project Servator is a project initiated by the city of London police that has now gone nationwide including railway stations and airports.

It’s designed to deter, detect and disrupt the hostile reconnaissance coming to the airport and places of interest.  That’s all levels of criminality from shoplifters to terrorists.

The project has been live nationwide for a number of a years which is why we adopted it here.”

But what is it?

The aim is be as unpredictable as possible and run security checks utilising all arms of the available resources available to the police, from uniformed to plain clothed and armed officers.  Additionally the use of dogs and the sophisticated CCTV and number plate recognition software all combine to create the airports very own ring of steel.

The officers have been specially trained to detect people who may come to the airport and act in a different manner.  Something not easy in an environment as busy as Gatwick where the people change every single hour and day.

But it is not just within the airport buildings that the project is undertaken.

Road checkpoints have also been set up ensuring that if anyone even thinks about getting close to the airport for wrong reasons then they will have no choice but to come face to face with the police.

Whilst the whole project is all about being unpredictable and therefore catching out would-be criminals, there is an additional side that could be witnessed first hand while watching the officers in action.

Smiles on the faces of passengers.

The very presence, the interaction and the belief that Gatwick is showing that safety is of paramount importance to all who both work and travel through the airport.

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