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'Peggy Lee', 'Special K' and 'Mrs T' on stage at the Grand Theatre ahead of their drag show

'Peggy Lee', 'Special K' and 'Mrs T' on stage at the Grand Theatre ahead of their drag show

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Paul Carroll should really be resting his voice.

The drag queen and performer has got a seriously sore throat and is under doctor’s orders to rest his vocal chords.

But when he’s just a few days away from his debut show in his hometown, and on the Grand Theatre stage, no less, it’s hard to contain himself.

“I just can’t wait for the curtain to go up,” he said.

Paul, aka Mrs T, is a founder of the hugely successful Spanish drag venue Music Hall Tavern.

Along with business partner Lee Sanderson, aka Peggy Lee, he runs shows across the Canary Islands.

This weekend they are bringing their act to Blackpool for the first time.

He said: “I’m really excited.

“It’s going to be the first gig we’ve done in the UK, like our welcome show.”

The show features Mrs T along with Peggy Lee, Special K and Courtney.

It has been brought over to Blackpool by promoter Tony Jo, of HRH Entertainments, 
who saw the ‘girls’ perform 
in Tenerife.

He said: “I went over to Tenerife to see the show and was blown away.

“It is one of the funniest shows I have ever seen, I laughed for two hours.

“Paul and the guys are some of the nicest people I have ever met and their excitement and enthusiasm is a breath of fresh air.”

The performance also follows the success of a charity night held by the drag queens back in April.

Paul won a Jet2.com competition for a party plane to take 100 family and friends to a destination of his choice for a weekend.

The benevolent businessman used it to fly people to his venue on the island to hold a fund-raising evening in aid of Trinity Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Lee was touched by the work of the charities when they cared for his sister, Donna Jackson, when she had cancer.

Donna sadly died, aged just 49, after a short illness last year but her legacy lives on through the fund-raising of the Music Hall Tavern.

The ‘girls’ raised thousands on their party plane weekend and continue to raise cash from programme sales at their shows.

Promoter Tony Jo added: “They deserve the opportunity to star in Paul’s home town.”

Paul added: “This is kicking off our UK tour but we’re doing a presentation to Trinity too, we’ve got another £10,000 to give them.”

Until then Paul is resting his voice and preparing for final rehearsals for the show which brings together six dancers and performers from across Europe for the rest of the 30 date UK tour, starting in Bournemouth on October 18.

Paul said: “I’ve never been on that stage or done a theatre like that before, it’s fabulous.

“It’s a dream come true.”

Limited tickets still available.

Contact the Grand Theatre box office: (01253) 290190 or www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk