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05 August 2003
Life looks better in the pink
Funny Girls
The legendary Funny Girls

From a tiny fancy goods shop to a chain of successful nightclubs, Basil Newby has definitely made his mark on Blackpool. We take a look at the company that has helped make Blackpool the gay capital of the North.

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1980 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'.

His 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.

The main stage of The Flamingo
The main stage.

Twenty three years later and The Flamingo is still going strong, often being hailed as the UK's most famous gay club.

The 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.

Visitors 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.

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