Meet Your Pride Committee
Paul Dewick Day
My Husband and I moved to Blackpool in November 2018 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 chair the team in making Blackpool Pride the best it’s ever been!
Secretary and Website Development
I have been part of the Pride Blackpool team since March 2018. Having been born and raised in Blackpool I take great ‘pride’ in my role to give our event a professional image and raise its profile as much as I can.
My background is in graphic and web design. As well as my full-time job for a global advertising agency, I work alongside various PR and marketing companies on national and international brands. Notably, I’ve worked alongside Corona Extra to promote their brand through sponsorship and PR, and also with Cuffe & Taylor for a number of years in the early days of Lytham Proms/Festival to boost their social media and take care of the press, photography and ‘meet and greets’ backstage at the events.
I also really like to support the local community as much as I can. I help charities and social enterprises to give their marketing a touch of sparkle!
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 at the OLD Flying Handbag. It wasn’t 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 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!
Victoria Roberts is an established vocalist, entertainer, trained dancer & choreographer with many years experience in the business, performing her own cabaret shows both in the UK and overseas, touring in national theatre shows, pantomimes, cruises & resident in the West End.
Victoria has performed & supported the LGBTQ scene since moving here to Blackpool at the turn of the millennium & has taken up residency at the famous Peek A Booze.
2019 saw Victoria as a judge on BBC1 All Together Now & performing in the summer panto on the North Pier.
Victoria is currently the Entertainments Manager at the Winter Gardens and the Grosvenor Casino here in Blackpool.
Social Media and Digital Production
Originally born in Carlisle, Cumbria I moved to Blackpool August Bank Holiday of 1987. Previously I would visit Blackpool most weekends to dance the night away at the Flamingo Nightclub, then one of the top Gay nightclubs in the UK.
Since putting roots down in Blackpool, I have had a variety of jobs from working at the towns local HMV Store for 13 years to working at the world-famous Funny Girls as assistant manager for 15 years.
2017 saw me turn my hobby of filmography and editing into a business, DJT Digital Media was born. I enjoy filming, editing and creating innovative and punchy content for my clients. Things really took off and I even had my work featured on X Factor.
In 2018 I was approached by Pride Blackpool to produced promo commercials, then again in 2019. The following year of 2020 I was asked to join the committee full time to look after the Social Media.
My highlight for Pride Blackpool was being responsible for the Pride Blackpool 2020 Livestream, which had a fantastic result reaching over 100,000 people and I was delighted with the feedback that it received. I love Blackpool & its community. I am extremely proud to be involved with Pride Blackpool and look forward to future events.
I have been a youth and community worker for over 25 years and worked across the Fylde Coast alongside young people and communities.
I advocate for all members of the community to have a voice and play a part in their Town.
I am Director of The Washington Group, a local community interest company, with a number of other youthwork practitioners, who deliver The Fylde Coast International Women’s day Festival and International Men’s day events on the Fylde Coast. I have a long history of being involved within the LGBTQ community both personally and professionally inc my academic research.
I am thrilled to be part of the committee and have the opportunity to work alongside some amazing people. I am particularly excited to be developing the youth side of Pride and involving young people and local community groups in the co design.