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Gay night is a huge hit on Tees.

Byline: Sarah Stack

Hundreds of clubbers are partying the night away at a new Teesside gay night boasting fire eaters and dancers.

More than 800 revellers have been hitting the floor at monthly club night Superstar Boudoir, a gay-friendly residency at the Empire in Middlesbrough.

Think Pink Promotions has brought the vibrant night to the town, modelling it on London's legendary G-A-Y, and it is proving the doubters wrong already.

Promoter Phil Douglas and business partner Simon Hatfield believe the night is a huge boost to the gay and lesbian scene.

"When we first told people we were modelling Superstar Boudoir on the legendary G-A-Y in London, they just laughed," said Simon.

"Many people thought the same about Steve Cochrane over his plans for Psyche - look at the success and resultant growth on the town he has brought about.

"If we could do the same for the gay community as he did for retail, it will be huge step forward for Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley."

The night has already become a success, with each event attracting at least 500 partygoers. The December event topped 800. Phil said he believed the success was down to their attention to detail.

Photographers are on standby upon arrival, when guests can pose in front of mosaics or with Kitty Lit Tuer, who makes a regular appearance at Superstar Boudoir.

This is accompanied by a chocolate and a free shot, before clubbers go inside, where they find entertainment including dancers and fire eaters.

Phil and Simon already have another night in the pipeline, 'Therapy', which if everything goes well should be launching in the next couple of months.

Phil, 20, of Thornaby, said: "Our vision is to bring a fresh, vibrant and open minded approach to promotions and event management in the Tees Valley."

Superstar Boudoir will be held on the first Sunday of every month, starting February 5. The event will feature resident DJs Jigs and Boy Maltby with funky house and commercial dance and dancers, stiltwalkers, fire eaters and surprises. Doors open 10pm - 2am, and admission is pounds 5 (pounds 6 after 11.30pm).

* For details visit www.pinkthinking.co.uk or call 0870 7570681 or 07005 968605.
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Date:Jan 19, 2006
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