Lively protests on first night of US president's visit with tens of thousands set to descend on London

Lively protests have taken place on the first night of Donald Trump’s visit to the UK, the day before tens of thousands of activists are set to descend on central London.
Demonstrators staged a noisy gathering near Winfield House in Regent’s Park on Thursday evening, where Mr Trump and his wife Melania are to spend the night.
Others gathered near Blenheim Palace, where Prime Minister Theresa May is hosting a lavish welcome dinner for the US president.
The protests come the day before around 70,000 people are expected march through central London on a huge “Stop Trump” march.

Trump protest: Activists gather with placards outside Winfield House (Getty Images)

Mr Trump was booed and jeered as he was helicoptered out of Regent's Park to attend the black-tie dinner on Thursday evening.
Protesters shouted "shame on you", waved anti-Trump placards and banged on pots and pans as the US leader and Melania were flown from Winfield House.
Demonstrators adopted an alternative version of England's World Cup anthem Three Lions as they sang and shouted: "He's going home, he's going home, he's going, Trump is going home."
A wide range of campaigners, including unions, faith and environmental groups came together to unite in opposition to Mr Trump's visit, organisers said.

Pro and anti-Donald Trump protesters outside Winfield House (Getty Images)

Bells and whistles rang out alongside cheers and claps for speakers throughout the protest.
Placards including "Dump Trump" and "Trump not welcome" were held aloft by the enthusiastic crowd before some began banging on the metal fence which has been erected in Regent's Park.

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A clip of what organisers said was the sound of children crying at the US border after being separated from their parents was played and described by those listening as "disgusting".
Sam Fullerton, from Oklahom,a said while Mr Trump may not see the protest from Winfield House which is set back inside the fenced-off area in the park, he hoped he would hear it or see it on television.
Mr Fullerton said: "He watches a lot of TV so he'll see it on TV. Or they may be out in the backyard."

Protesters gather at the gates of Blenheim Palace (Getty Images)

His wife Jami, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said the protest was "democracy at its finest".
"I'm here to witness democracy outside of our own country to see how other democratic societies express themselves," she said.
"I think it's great. The British are pretty gentle people."

Protesters also gathered at Blenheim Palace (Getty Images)

John Rees, of the Stop The War group, described Mr Trump as a "wrecking ball" as he addressed those gathered.
He said: "He's a wrecking ball for race relations, he's a wrecking ball for prosperity, he's a wrecking ball for women's rights, he's a wrecking ball for any peace and justice in this world and we have to stop him."