GLORIA HUNNIFORD and Imelda Staunton led the celebrations at London’s St Patrick’s celebrations today.
The two were chosen as Grand Marshals to lead the parade, the highlight of the London St Patrick's Festival, which this year celebrated the success and contribution of Irish women.
Co. Armagh-born presenter Hunniford and Staunton, whose parents hail from Co. Mayo, were joined by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
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The Mayor praised the contribution the Irish had made to the city over successive generations, from the people who rebuilt the city after the war to NHS staff and the latest wave of entrepreneurs and business leaders.
He said: "One of the reasons London is the greatest city in the world is because of the contribution of Irish communities."
The parade took in some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.
Meanwhile revellers in Trafalgar Square enjoyed performances from the likes of Irish poet Stephen James Smith and singer-songwriter Orla Gartland.
The performances will culminate at 6pm with a tribute to late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, with the festivities set to last long into the night.