The Origin of Drag Ball UK 2013
We had show booths for Make-up , Jewellery & Accessories , Photography,
Plus National & International Performers Live On Stage,
This journey began in December 2012 for myself David Charles-Cully
with a conversation with a close personal friend Lady Lynn Miller .
When she said “have you ever considered holding a Drag Ball?”
So on Dec 15th The Face Book Page was set up to see the response, It has been tremendous,
So It is that The Empress Ballroom was Confirmed at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool,
For Tuesday 17th September 2013.
We had Show Booths for sellersalong one side of the ballroom
There was a Bar where Food could be purchased throughout the evening,
The Day (Tuesday) was chosen so people could travel to the area on Monday,
Dress & Come to The Ball on the Tuesday & travel home on the Wednesday,
The reason behind this is...
The people the event is aimed at work in the main Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays,
Blackpool Councils Marketing Division showed their support for this event,
which we hope will become a fixture in Blackpool's Annual Tourism Calendar,
( Competitions were Not Compulsory )
Prizes were offered for the most Outrageous Drag Queen Or King,
Princess, Duchess or Prince based upon Make-up, Hair and Costume,
By The judges
Internationally Acclaimed Drag Queen Billie Raymond (retired)
( Often seen at Pride Events nationwide as HRHQ2 )
Bafta & Emmy Award Wining MUA Davy Jones
( pirates of the Carribean & Dr Who )
Lady Lynne Miller
( Theatre and Stage MUA )
We Were Delighted to have gracing our stage...
Your Hostess DJ Carmen
( Flying Handbag Blackpool)
Miss Terri Fox
The Sugar Dandies
Jane McDonald Tribute Show
Neil Diamond Tribute
Billy The Shoe Fairy
Charles Fox Make-up
Glamour and Sparkle Jewelery
The Original Drag Balls
Ron continued at the club, always fabulously dressed, until he was taken ill in summer 2000. He died of liver cancer, age 74. The Alternate Miss London contest is now dedicated to him.
A Little Of The History Behind The Original Drag Balls from Porchester Hall.
Ron Storme (1926 – 2000) performer, organizer.
Ron grew up in a working-class home in Richmond, west London. He started as a child dancer, and he then toured in the popular all-male drag reviews during the Second World War. He met his lover, George, in 1947.
To avoid the repression that accompanied the Coronation in 1953, he lived in Tunisia for some years where he made a living as a stripper and singer.
On return to London he worked in risqué shows including the Gaiety Box Revue fronted by Larry Grayson. He was skilled at costume making, and made outfits for many London drag-acts. He was often en femme at private parties, and out on the town – at a time when such off-stage behaviour was unheard of among female impersonators.
Ron and George became known for their parties at their home in Putney in the early 1960s which attracted name guests such as the spy Kim Philby, lesbian singing star Dusty Springfield and the gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Legend has it that the Krays suggested what turned into the drag balls at Porchester Hall which Ron organized with Jean Fredericks. After Jean’s death he organized events at the Tudor Lodge in Bow.
In 1980 Ron opened a nightclub, Club Travestie Extraordinaire, in Stepney. This became an east-end institution, attracting both gay and straight transies, and as it lasted into the 21st century is arguably the UK’s longest lasting gay night spot. George died in 1981. Ron was an organizer and judge at the ‘Night of a Thousand Frocks’ in 1986 that evolved into the Alternate Miss London contest is now dedicated to him.
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