Tuesday nights is Lollypop night at Yates in Romford. The event runs from 9pm until 2am and is aimed at our LGBTQ+ community with special themed nights.
The events are organised by Stephen Freeman who is also our Pride organiser here in Havering and an amazing community champion who really does dedicate his time working on events such as these for our LGBTQ+ community.
This Tuesday 21 September local police officers also attended Lollypop night to chat with the community and listen to any concerns they may have as sadly hate crimes are still taking place.
Mr Freeman told the Havering Daily:
“Lollipop nights are often themed nights where we have DJ’s and Drag Queens, we also have talks and visitors such as Massimo from Positive East who comes to do HIV tests.
“This week we were joined by Met police officers who came to talk to us. It was very positive and we had good engagement.
“It is important that any hate crimes are reported as sadly so many go unreported.”
East Area Inspector Gilmour, who attended the lollipop event, told the Havering Daily:
“Police visited Lollypop night at Yates in Romford as part of their community engagement plan. The nights are held weekly and organised by local resident Stephen Freeman. Amongst the team of officers attending, was PC Jane Collard, who is one of the MPS LGBTQI+ advisors. The purpose of the event was to encourage recruitment, provide information around Hate crime and also to answer any questions on any topic those in attendance may have had.
“A great time was had by everyone, the officers left after a couple of hours to let those present party until the early hours. They hope to return again soon.”