A GAY PRIDE weekend in Torbay had a successful 4th year, despite some improvised last minute organising at one of its main venues, Torquay's Grosvenor Hotel – star of Channel 4 TV series The Hotel.
Over the past four years the Pride Torbay LGBT festival has included fifty different events, including boat trips, film screenings, a circus, beach events, walks, park parties, garden parties, street parties, football games, picnics, pool parties and pub and club nights.
Many of these have been held at The Grosvenor, which this year hosted cabaret nights, garden parties, pool parties and barbecues. It almost didn't happen however, due to the untimely resignation of one of the stars of The Hotel, former assistant manager Christian Scott-Lee. Christian – who earlier in the year popped out of a birthday cake in full drag at BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills' Birthday party – was due to organise the hotel's pride events but left in a row with hotel owner Mark Jenkins, leaving staff to revive and organise the events in just ten days.
Speaking about Christian's departure, Mark said: "It will all be on the new series of The Hotel, as the cameras were here at the time, but he just decided to leave during a meeting we were having. He has worked for me before and left, and I've got him back in, but I'm not sure this time. As a result he won't be in the last episode of The Hotel."
Mark went on to say, "After Christian left we had to pull together to organise the Pride events in just 10 days. The staff have been great and really pulled out all the stops, The Hotel has been packed and even sold out in the weeks leading up to Pride. It's gone very well."
This view was echoed by head of entertainment at The Grosvenor, Dominic James, "The feedback has been really positive and the staff have been brilliant at pulling together to help run the events. The music acts we've had were amazing and the garden parties were proper family fun days. I'd love to do it all again next year – it's been very successful."
Live music and acts that appeared throughout the weekend included from South Devon College music and performing arts department, Future Media, Riviera Sound, Tray La Trash, Lisa Gaga and Rogue Minogue. The weekend also included the official Pride Torbay opening boat trip, nightly cabaret at the Meadfoot Inn, club nights at Candyfloss and Sunday night closing events at the Cliff House Hotel, Meadfoot, and then Tiffany's.
For more information see the Official Pride Torbay Facebook Group or visit www.pridetorbay.co.uk.
A gallery of pictures from the weekend will appear here shortly.