Drag act goes sky high for charity

"Come fly with me!" Paul Carroll ready for his flight.
"Come fly with me!" Paul Carroll ready for his flight.
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DRAG is often a problem for aeroplanes, but on one special flight it will be actively encouraged.

Paul Carroll, who runs a drag cabaret show in Lanzarote, has won a competition to jet himself and 99 friends off to the holiday island for the weekend from Blackpool Airport.

Paul, 42, entered a contest by airline Jet2.com to win the usage of an aeroplane for an entire weekend and yesterday was told he had won the grand prize.

At the same time Paul hopes to raise thousands of pounds for charity in memory of his business partner Lee Sanderson’s sister Donna Jackson, who died in Trinity Hospice in October.

The duo, who run their drag cabaret show at the Music Hall Tavern, in Puerto del Carmen on the Canary isle, will charge guests £50 apiece to board the party plane – with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support and Trinity Hospice.

There will also be a strict dress code aboard the plane, with passengers required to dress either in drag or ‘bling-themed’ fancy dress.

Paul said: “It’s great and I can’t believe it.

“They called me and just said they were pleased to say we were the winners, it was amazing.

“We’ve been raising money for the last four months and we’re going to do a charity show in Lanzarote too.”

Paul mustered two million online votes in order to gain the top spot, with each entry required to submit the theme they would choose for the special flight.

Other entries chose Where’s Wally, Baywatch and Fifty Shades of Grey as potential fancy dress themes.

However, Paul’s entry won through and his passengers will now get to tuck in to fish and chips while listening to pop music on their way to the Canaries.

The flight will take off from Blackpool on Saturday April 20.

He added: “It’s an amazing prize and I can’t wait.”

Steve Heapy, Jet2.com chief executive, said: “We’ve been amazed at how this competition has captured the nation’s imagination and also at the effort all the finalists have put into the public vote.

“People have been running ad campaigns, getting local celebrities on board and even body painting themselves to drum up support – it’s been incredible.

“I want to congratulate Paul for being a very worthy winner and hope he has fantastic time on his very own private party plane.”