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Blackpool: Gay nightclub owner receives MBE for services to the LGBT community

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  1. Where is the list of people who support the introduction of democracy to Britain and who rejected these crappy ‘honours’?

    liz must be the last monarch.

    1. Colin (Queenstown/London) 1 Jan, 7:34am

      Totally agree with you. Time to modernise. I’d vote to be a republic tomorrow if I could. Nothing personal to royals. This country needs a future not just a past.

      1. Steven 4 Jan, 2:50pm

        I’m not sure about being a Republic but the rest of the political system in this country definitely needs a radical overhaul. There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t have a REAL referendum like the people of New Zealand had on a system of proportional representation. We need fair votes. I’m tired of living in a parliamentary seat where my vote counts for effectively nothing as it is such a Tory stronghold yet someone a mere 7 miles down the road has a much more valuable vote than mine purely because that person lives in an ultra-marginal seat.

  2. Sinead Harkin 31 Dec 2013, 2:55pm

    Blackpool was a dead man walking before Basil started his clubs

  3. Many congratulations to Basil – he has committed his life to the gay scene one way or another and took huge personal risks to give Blackpool a great entertainment scene. Well done!

  4. Sister Mary Clarence 31 Dec 2013, 3:31pm

    I absolutely agree that Basil and his businesses have brought life back into Blackpool and made it a place worth visiting for many gay people (and no doubt some straight ones as well).

    When Flamingos got earmarked for demolition, he could have taken the money and run, but instead he invested (and risked) a huge amount to ensure that Blackpool remained vibrant.

    Absolute credit to the guy.

  5. Colin (Queenstown/London) 1 Jan, 7:28am

    I’m a republican at heart so find this nonsense. However I’d support community and leadership awards run by the state.
    However in respect to Mr Newby well done Sir. Richly deserved.
    Best Wishes

  6. Totally agree that this is well deserved.
    When will the tiny number who don’t like the awards system shut up and stop griping? Can’t they recognise what a tiny, silly, petty point they make. If they believe the awards useless why protest? If they believe them important, then that can only be because the people support awards and approve of them. They have a no win arguement.
    Oh, and “Blackpool’s first nightclub”,,,,,,, I don’t think so

  7. I met my partner of 14 years in the old Flamingo’s. I used to love the old handbag too – sunday afternoons were fantastic. Ahh good times. Well done Basil.

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