Meet Your Pride Committee
Craig has been involved with Pride for many years as a main stage host, sponsor of the Parade for the last 2 years, Queen of the year 2019 and has been an active member of the committee for the last 2 years. Craig’s venue Peek a Booze was also celebrated in 2018 for its community involvement and fundraising for charities such as ‘Pride’ and ‘James Bulger Memorial Trust’.
Craig will lead on recruitment and induction for new and existing members.
Paul Dewick Day
My Husband and I moved to Blackpool in November last year to pursue our dream of being hoteliers.
Prior to this, I was with HSBC bank and aside from being a branch manager I was also chair for their pride network. With over 3000 members and 18 networks in various locations within the UK and Europe. It was a mammoth task but something I relished and succeeded at.
With all that experience I was so excited to find out Blackpool Pride were looking for committee members, and so pleased to be given the opportunity to assist Craig and the team in making Blackpool Pride the best it’s ever been!
Hey guys! I’m Glenn, I feel very passionate about Blackpool pride and making sure everyone has a great time. A little about me, I worked for many of our LGBT venues here in Blackpool as a door security, I served a short time in HM Royal Navy where i was looked to from senior officers to help with the LGBT community in a training establishment.
I was part of the Blackpool pride 2019, I was a parade manager and this was my first time doing this, it was one of the most incredible experiences I will have. Being on this committee has a very big place in my heart as I want nothing more than to bring you the best pride Blackpool has ever seen. I hope to see you all there!!
My involvement in the LGBT community in Blackpool started at a rather young age. My father worked on the scene at The Cow Bar and as such my sister and I used to visit him on a regular basis. I started working back in 2001 as a barman at the OLD Flying Handbag. It was not long before I was put on stage as the “unglamorous” hostess of Wednesday night games and taking part in the staff shows on a Sunday afternoon.
I started DJing as a hobby and was lucky enough to be given the opportunity on a Tuesday night, after I finished calling Bingo at the Handbag, to hone my skills at Pepe’s Bar. I was then asked to DJ in a number of venues over the years while still working as a barman and later Assistant Manager in most of the ITP venues.
I went full time as a DJ in 2008 but still kept my hand in on the management side becoming Relief Manager which was recognised at the Pride Awards in 2018 where I won The John Palmer Special Recognition Award.
I am still at the Handbag as a resident DJ and Entertainments Manager for the venue and I have to say I love my job and have no plans of going anywhere for a long time. Blackpool is a great community and am so happy to be part of the pride committee this year. Here’s to Pride Blackpool 2020 and beyond!