was a defining year for Basil Newby and for the Blackpool gay scene
in general. When Basil took over a small nightclub little did he,
nor anyone else, know how that this would expand into the empire
that is now 'In The Pink Leisure Ltd'.
first venture into the world of nightclubs saw Basil transform this
tiny venue into The Flamingo. What once catered for 'ladies of the
night' started to attract hoards of gay people from Blackpool and
the surrounding areas.
three years later and The Flamingo is still going strong, often
being hailed as the UK's most famous gay club.
empire grew with the addition of 'Funny Girls', 'The Flying Handbag',
'Roxy's, 'Pepes' and 'Bar B'. All of which have helped Blackpool
become the thriving gay scene that it is today.
flock from across the country, and even further afield, to sample
this famous nightlife. From the outrageously glamorous to the super
sophisticated there are clubs and pubs to suit every taste.