week, just before the Sparkle weekend, Saskia and Emma brought along
their goodies to celebrate the official opening of their shop.
They very generously also brought along 6 bottles of Champagne to
allow us to drink to the success of their venture which is now up
and running near the Apollo theatre which is on the Stockport road/Hyde
I would like to wish them every success in their venture. See their
View of their stall
Ami with Lisa in background
Sheree with Gemma seated
Nicky and Genevieve
had a few new people come along this week and I have shown three
of them here. On the left is Ami who came along by herself having
seen us on our website. In the middle is Gemma who was brought along
by Dee from Dee Selecta along with a few friends including Sheree
shown with her. Finally Nicky shown above with Genevieve, who used
to come to the club several years ago. Nicky has decided that she
would like to restart the social life she had with the club, so
welcome back Nicky, I hope we see a lot more of you from now on.
Blaq Ivory at the stall
Part way through the evening I couldn't help noticing this girl
on the left who was looking around the stall.
When she was free I asked her if I could take another picture and
here it is on the right.
She is called Blaq Ivory and she works as a DJ in Baa Bar, opposite
Napoleons, every wednesday evening from 10pm to 2 am and she would
love to see more "T" girls in there to enjoy her music.
What can I say, give it a try, we are always looking for somewhere
Helena and Danni
Simone and Paula
Lisa, Paula and Katie
Fernanda and Millie
Petra, Sue, Ami, Hanna and Martine
the end of the evening we were getting more visitors into the club,
perhaps because we were coming up to Sparkle. The friends on the
left all came in together and were willing to have their picture
taken, so here it is. I hope they all enjoyed the weekend.
Then finally it was a joy to see Donna come into the club after
a long gap and here she is ready to make Sparkle a really enjoyable
occasion. Lovely to see you Donna, dont make it so long next time.
Finally I apologise for the lateness of this blog entry but Sparkle
really took it out of me and I am now just catching up, Mary
Wednesday 29th June 2011
Danni, Tina, Pauline and Millie
When I came through the door after our meal this evening, this vision
on the left is what greeted me. So I was at least sure that we would
get some people following our evening White Dress theme.
Sam, Millie, Pauline, Lisa, Tina, Mandy, Paula, Pamela & Mary
about 7:45 we took the picture on the right, so we were building
up to quite a lot of support for the theme, even though I am told
that it is not an easy colour to wear.
Mary, Gill and Pamela
you can see, we also had Gill Springay with us this evening giving
help and advice on make up suitable for white dresses. She had also
brought along some videos that she had made showing some of the
girls that she made up last time she was here. We had a lot of trouble
getting them to work as there was something wrong with the format,
but Joan put in a lot of work and managed to help sort out the problem,
along with Gill's partner, by re-downloading them down the internet.
They were very artistic so we will show them again at various times.
Gill is also going to be available to do people's makeup by appointment
on Sparkle saturday at the LGF from 10pm to 4:30 pm. She can be
accessed on her mobile phone at 07845 910712 and the charge will
be £15 for a half hour session. Or email her here
Genevieve and Gill
Lisa, Paula and Mandy
Millie and her shoes
Emma and Saskia
Michaela and Tina
Danni, Helena and Simone
Jeannie and Julie
Tina and Beverley
Mandy and Tina
shown above left with Julie came along for the first time this evening
and joined the club straight away. She is now member number 399
so hopefully next week we may sign on member 400, I think a bottle
of wine may be appropriate for whoever that is.
Tina above had those split trousers specially made, she always manages
to look amazing.
Next week Emma and Saskia will be back selling more of their gear
from the shop and then this coming weekend is Sparkle so I hope
you are all ready to come and really enjoy yourselves.
Our Ball on the Saturday is now officially sold out but I do have
two tickets available at present.
Wednesday 22nd June 2011
evening was going to be a first for us as we had arranged to have
some auditions for people hoping to take part in our entry for the
Pride Parade at the end of August. But that was planned to begin
at 9 pm so lets start the evening before then.
I was delighted to get an email earlier in the week, from Caroline,
shown here on the left, to say that she would be up in Manchester
again this week and we would see her again at Eden. It was good
to see you again Caroline and your kind words about being among
friends in Manchester are greatly appreciated.
Karen, Lisa, Paula, Milli and Helena
Anne and Michael
shown on the right had proposed that we put an entry into the Pride
parade this year and has been very pro-active in getting it organised.
The Parade theme is "Best of British" and the idea she
put forward is to have up to 10 different people on our lorry representing
10 well known British female singers.
Each person being asked to dress like and then mime to, one of their
well known songs. The idea of this evening was try to encourage
as many of our members to have a go at it and Karen had invited
Anne and Michael from Napoleon's to come along and act as judges
and give some advice.
It was lovely to welcome them to our club as I think this is probably
the first time they have been even though we have been going to
Nap's for over 25 years.
Joanne and Karen
this evening we hadn't asked the entrants to dress in the correct
costume and as there is no sound on this blog it is not very easy
to show how well they did. The four people above who took part all
did well and showed that it could be done. We had Dusty Springfield,
Shirley Bassey, Kate Bush and Petula Clark. Anne and Michael suggested
that rather than having each singer miming on their own we should
have hopefully 10 different singers dressed the part, but all the
singers should be miming each song so that people are not expected
to be doing it on their own. This is almost certainly what we will
do but we do need up to 6 more people willing to take part.
We have planned a second audition evening for July the 20th and
we would like people to try to dress the part by then as well so
that we can get a better impression of what they will look like.
If anyone needs any help with this then please let us know.
Elaine and Milli
Mary and Cindi
For next week we are having a White dress theme night and Milli
shown on the left with Elaine told me that she cant come then so
she has come in her white outfit this week instead.
As well as the white dress theme we are also having a visit from
Gill Springay again to show how to get the best from your make up
when wearing white.
Also we are still hoping for a few more volunteers for the Sparkle
Saturday so if you can spare an hour please let me know.
Wednesday 15th June 2011
Vanessa, Liz, Lee and Karen
we were having a musical evening and when I arrived soon after 5
pm to get changed the place was already a hive of activity with
all the amplification gear having been set up. Vanessa, Liz, Lee
and Karen were all busy rehearsing and tuning up their instruments.
As I was getting dressed later on I was regaled by some beautiful
singing from Liz which encouraged me to think that we were going
to have an enjoyable evening.
The club now owns all the amplification equipment that they were
using so we do wish to encourage more of our members to make good
use of it and have a go at providing some entertainment for us all.
If you have any musical skill then please do volunteer to have a
go next time we have one of these evenings. You wont find a friendlier
before the music got going at 9 pm we had a task to carry out on
behalf of Sparkle. One of the conditions that Manchester Council
put on the organisers is that they must write to all the residents
who live adjacent to Sackville park and inform them what is planned
for the park on Saturday the 9th of July when there will be music
playing for a large part of the day.
Manchester Concord took on this task a few years ago now, but it
involves sending out 195 letters in total to include all the flats.
I brought in all the letters, envelopes, printed labels and stamps
this evening and you can see here the dragooned working party we
set up to get them all folded, enveloped, stamped etc. It only took
just over half an hour and I think they all enjoyed mucking in,
so thank you girls, job well done. The letters are now posted.
Judy, Genevieve, Mandy, Michelle, Miranda and Liz.
Judy and Miranda
Judy, shown here on the left with Miranda, wrote to me earlier this
week to ask if she could visit us as she was over here from Northern
Ireland on a visit. I suggested that she came along at 5 pm and
joined us for our meal in Eden which she duly did. I was also delighted
to see Miranda back with us again after many months when she has
not been able to get out and she also joined us to eat. Then during
the meal Chloe brought another visitor, Beverley, to join us from
London on a visit, so welcome to you all it is always enjoyable
have new people with us.
Lee, Vanessa and Liz
entertainment got started around 9 pm with Lee and Liz giving us
some songs accompanied by Vanessa on the guitar. I understand this
was the first time they had performed in public and we would certainly
like to see more of them.
This was then followed by Vanessa with her guitar giving us a number
of songs which she really got into. I was very impressed seeing
her relax and enjoy herself which immediately gets the audience
Karen then gave us a session on her guitar and I am sorry but I
was distracted and didn't get a photo of this session, so I took
her photo later on in Napoleons just to complete the set.
Finally our stalwart Marieanne sung us out with a few of her favourite
songs. All the participants deserve a huge vote of thanks from us
all for making such an effort to give us a show. These things dont
just happen. Next time we hope that more of our members will have
Marilyn and Kate
the music was over I noticed this very attractive couple at the
bar and went over to introduce myself and ask if I could take their
photo. Afterwards I got talking to Marilyn and found that she has
been dressing since she was 14 when she told her mother that this
is what she wanted to do. Her mother was very supportive and encouraged
her. She taught herself to do her own makeup by watching other people,
especially while she was working at Funny Girls in Blackpool. But
now she would like to move back to Manchester and work in her home
town again. So welcome Marilyn and Kate, I hope we see a lot more
of you in the future.
Lisa and Julie
Kristina and Genevieve
Kirtsy and Simone
Karen, Suzi, Simone and Fernanda
the end of the evening member Hayley came for only the second time
since she joined in December last year. I had been hoping she would
come back as she is a student at the university as is Fernanda shown
here with her on the right. As they are among our younger members
I had wanted to introduce them to help encourage them to bring in
more people in their age range. So I did introduce them and they
seemed to hit it off brilliantly and went off to get to know each
other at another pub. They returned later on and Hayley told me
that she is just about to return home until september
Hayley and Fernanda
she will be back to continue her studies. She also told me that
the reason she had not been able to come before now is that she
has always had other engagements at the college on wednesday evenings
that she couldn't get out of. So she was getting very frustrated
as she always wanted to return, but couldn't manage it until now,
so we will have to wait until september before seeing her again.
I think Fernanda was quite disappointed as Hayley is like a breath
of fresh air, very cheerful and enjoys life.
dont forget that next week we are holding our first session of auditions
for our Pride parade entry so I hope some of are all prepared to
show us what you can do.
week I asked for volunteers to help with looking after our stand
in the park at Sparkle and I already have a dozen names so thank
you to all those who have given me their names but we do still need
a few more so that we dont have to ask people to do too much. We
want you all to enjoy Sparkle as well.
Saturday 11th June 2011
Frances, Vanessa, Diana, Marianne and Bev
weeks ago now, Marianne suggested that a group of us should go to
the Ladies day at Chester races, so here are a few pictures of our
day out. We had wanted a nice sunny day but as you can see from
the cloudy sky it was not to be. The rain did hold off for most
of the day but it definitely wasn't warm.
We were very lucky with our time of arrival as our cars finished
up one behind the other right on the
Frances, Diana, Marianne, Vanessa and Mary
Marieanne and Bev
of a row so we had plenty of space to set up our picnic tables before
heading off to the course.
was the brave one, ignoring the cold but Diana and Marianne couldn't
face lunch without their coats and neither could the rest of us
but I have no other pics.
had tickets for the county stand, which is where all the posh people
go, so naturally that was for us. We felt very superior while we
were sitting in the stand to see the stewards challenging a man
who wasn't wearing a jacket and tie and sending him packing for
not being properly dressed. We fitted in perfectly and had no trouble
with the stewards. Some of us found ourselves sitting in front of
a group of people, mostly ladies, who were on their annual office
outing from their council jobs in Manchester who were very friendly
and really seemed to enjoy our company as we did theirs.
Just to prove that we really did go to see some horses, below are
a few pictures from the stand showing the very large crowd and the
last part of one of the races. I dont think any of us finished up
ahead of the bookies, I know I certainly didn't. Towards the end
of the afternoon we decided to accept Marianne's invitation to fresh
scones with cream and jam, back at the cars so we strolled back
and had a very enjoyable tea before leaving before the last race
to try to avoid the crowded exodus from the course.
We had enjoyed our time so much that we decided to make a full day
of it and all met up in Villagios later that evening for an excellent
meal. A very pleasant day which we all agreed we should repeat.
Wednesday 8th June 2011
Pauline, Chloe, Christopher and Genevieve
visitor we had this evening was Christopher, shown here on the left
with some of the girls. Christopher is a Holistic therapist who
runs a local fitness centre called
Room to Relax @ Fitness First
The Premier Inn
7-11 Lower Mosley Street
M2 3SW. Phone 07815 672235
came along and spent some time showing different groups of people
what services he had to offer so the people who were there this
evening now know what is available.
sent out an email to advertise this event and was pleased when Courtenay
on the right told me she had come in response to that letter as
she wished to know about the laser treatment that is also available
Sarah and Jayne
was lovely to see Sarah and Jayne come into the club as I have not
seen Sarah for many months and I last saw Jayne when she visited
my house with Shirley some weeks ago now.
Sarah is now well on the way down the path she has chosen, living
and working full time as Sarah and still with her old job, so that
is very encouraging.
Jayne has now moved house since I last saw her and is very happy
with her new life. You both look beautiful and are excellent examples
of how life can be for girls with the right attitude for life.
Paula came in this evening with a new girl Claire shown with her
here on the right. Welcome Claire, I hope you keep coming and making
other friends at the club.
Claire and Paula
shown here on the left, came along for the first time since she
had her operation, under her own steam. She has now got a new car
with more hand controls since she had an accident with the other
one around Christmas time last year.
She has been a few times since then but each time she has been brought
by Joan, shown here on the right, holding the weekly raffle prize
which she won this week. Joan has been exceedingly kind to Cate
going out of her way to visit her and bring her over whenever she
was able. I would like to publically thank Joan on Cate's behalf
for being a true friend in need.
Emma and Sammi
View of the Bar
week was very busy with many people here for a lot of the evening.
It is difficult to get a full view and this is the best I could
Michelle and Mandy
Zoe and Simone
Pauline and Genevieve
Cindi and Mary
Linda and Fernanda
wednesday the 15th of June we are having a music evening and the
following week will hold the first auditions for our entry into
the Pride parade at the end of august, so I hope some of you have
been getting your thinking caps on to organise which British singer
you would like to represent. We look forward to seeing the results
on the 22nd of June.
BUT, Sparkle is also rapidly approaching so have you all got your
tickets for the Ball yet. If not then please get a move on as they
will not last forever. We sold out last year well before the event.
Four of us, Vanessa, Frances, Karen and myself went along to the
Place apartments last thursday afternoon and were treated to a wonderful
taster of the food that will be available on the night. They have
a new cook there now and the food is a huge improvement on what
we had last year.
Finally we do still need volunteers to help to look after our stand
in the park on the Saturday afternoon of July the 9th. We are only
asking each one of you to do one hour and you will always have someone
else with you so even new people should be able to represent the
club that afternoon. We wont put two new people together so anyone
can do it and it is great fun talking to lots of interested people.
Wednesday 1st June 2011
Emma and Saskia
evening we had Emma and Saskia from Manchester Dressing Service
here with us. They brought along many items for sale some of which
can be seen in the pictures. The evening started off very quietly
but soon after eight it picked up with many people coming in creating
quite a buzz.
I couldn't resist buying some of their jewellery finishing up with
some large earings and a new ring. I was tempted by several other
items but decided that I had better stop before spending all my
money, so now I will just have to go and visit their shop. See our
links page for their link.
Stevie and Gill
and Gill came along for the first time this evening having come
up from their home territory near Stoke to visit Saskia and Emma's
new shop and finding that they were also coming to the club this
evening, so they decided to come along as well. They are a much
travelled pair having visited many other venues round the country
so it was good to see them here in Manchester at last.
Tiff, shown on the right with Mandy was also here for the first
time this evening and was happy to be photographed so here she is
on the blog and I hope we see a lot more of her in the future.
Tiff and Mandy
Dee and Joanne
It was good to see Joanne back after a bit of a gap as she has not
been well lately. She has now agreed to act as the Liason between
Concord and the local police representatives and will now try to
organise a training session for herself, myself and Vanessa to be
shown how to help people with hate crime repoting.
Kirsty, on the right, has bee a couple of times before and has now
joined concord as member number 392 so I hope many of you will introduce
yourselves when you next bump into her at the club.
Lesley and Susie
Lisa, Paula and Sam
Fernanda and Mary
has not been for a couple of weeks so it was good to see her back
again and willing to be photographed with myself. She has also put
a similar picture onto her facebook page so I am flattered. Thanks
week we will have a visit from Christopher Dunn who is a qualified
Holistic Therapist and has a studio local to the club so he would
like to encourage our members to use his services. See the coming
events page for more details.
Wednesday 25th May 2011
Pauline and Gill have a quiet chat
evening we had the pleasure of Gill's company again giving advice
and demonstrating make up techniques to individual girls. She really
enjoys coming to the club and has offered to return again on the
29th of June when we are having our White dress theme evening. She
tells me that White clothes need careful makeup to enable you to
look your best and she has offered to advise people.
Stevie and Gill
Busy bar in early evening
Early in the evening Beccy came in with two visitors from down south,
Sarah and Jennifer. They had not been to the club before but spend
a lot of their spare time together travelling the country visiting
various venues and generally have a very enjoyable time. This is
possible because they are both single and can use their time as
they wish. It was lovely to see them here and we hope that they
will return for the Sparkle weekend which they have not yet attended.
We had quite a busy evening with lots of people here early on with
a good buzz of conversation, so below are some photos of those who
Sarah, Beccy and Jennifer.
Mandy and Mary
Lisa, Helena and Elaine
Julia and Amy
Genevieve and Mandy
Gangster's Moll Millie, with those shoes.
in the evening Saskia came in with her friend Sammi and we spent
a useful time discussing the club's entry into the Pride parade
with them. We are going to have a fun evening on June the 22nd seeing
who might be going to take part. See the coming events page for
Saskia has recently started a dressing service only a mile away
from here and she offered to set up a stall next week with her partner
Emma to show what she has to offer the girls. We have taken her
up on this, so do come along next week to see what goodies they
have for us. Their link is now on our links page and there are some
pictures on the coming events page.
Wednesday 18th May 2011
Kate, Mary, Paula, Millie, Danni, Tina and Rachel
Michaela and Frances
This evening was our Yellow Dress theme night and we had a few who
made the effort, but sadly not very many. It would seem that Yellow
is not a popular colour.
Even so, thank you to the people that did have a go and I think
Millie on the left has to take first prize for her wonderfully old
The next colour theme we are doing is a White Dress evening on the
29th of June not long before Sparkle so I hope more people will
manage to find something suitable then.
Oliver and Aaron
had a visit from Oliver and his friend Aaron this evening. Oliver
is the new manager of Crunch Bar, which used to be called Crunch
2. He was anxious to meet us as he had no idea that the transvestites
in the village were upset about the loss of the changing room that
used to be in the old AXM. He tells me that unfortunately the room
has been completely removed by the old Crunch 2 management when
they converted the basement into a new bar area. If possible he
would be very happy to reinstate a room elsewhere but at present
he doesn't think there is any available space.
We will have to wait and see.
It was good to welcome Suzi here this evening who was brought along
by Christine for the first time, although she has been out in the
village for many years now.
Libby and Katie
Alex and Lucy
Genevieve and Mandy
week we also welcomed a new girl, Michelle, who has come out for
the first time and had a very enjoyable evening. She was not yet
ready for a photograph but I am sure that it wont be long before
On the left we have Pauline who was the raffle prize winner this
evening and on the right we have Suzy who came for the first time
about 4 weeks ago and is rapidly finding her feet.
Next week Gill Springay will be here again to do some more makeover
lessons so come do come along and learn something.
Karen has put an announcement about our entry for the Pride parade
on the Forum so do have a look at it.
Wednesday 11th May 2011
Sheree, Caroline, Mandy and Amy
week it was a pleasure to welcome back Caroline, who visits us from
"down south" when she can and Sheree who joined us for
the first time last week and here she is back for more. Welcome
to you both.
It was also good to see Pauline here again helping Millie at the
door. Pauline comes from down in Cornwall but met millie about two
years ago and now they are firm friends. Pauline has been waiting
for a house to become available in a village near Preston and was
here this evening ready to see it tomorrow. If it is OK she will
be moving up here very soon to join us.
Millie and Pauline
shown here, came in early in the evening looking here usual glamorous
self, so I couldn't resist taking these photos. The one on the left
is quite relaxed but when I took the one on the right it really
shows off her height and makes her look like a model in a shop window.
She tells me that she buys many of her outfits and jewellery from
a shop called NewLook in Liverpool.
The bracelets shown in detail are all elasticated and came as a
set at a very reasonable price, so they would suit many of us.
Tina, the model
Linda, Cate and Joan
is now becoming a regular at the club again after her long absence.
She has settled into a pattern of coming along once a fortnight
which is financially sustainable rather than the weekly which used
up too much of her money.
She has yet another new dress this week along with a new wig which
suits her well.
Cate is managing to keep coming with Joan's help which is great
to see, but she is still hoping to regain her independance when
she gets a new car.
It was good to see Rosemary in the club again after a long gap during
which she did appear in an episode of Coronation street. Welcome
Andrea and Katie
Michaela and Genevieve
Sarah and Jenny
Cindi and Mandy
is always a pleasure to see Cindi come into the club and even more
so when she brings Mandy with her for a night out. They both organise
the very successful First Friday and Third Saturday nights out that
are now happening in Leeds on a regular basis so congratulations
to them for helping the community in this way. I couldn't resist
having this photo taken to show off our nearly matching tights.
dont forget that next week we have a YELLOW dress theme night so
do come along and make a splash of colour.
was a normal club evening, without any special theme and people
have told me that they like group pictures, so here are all the
people who were here at around 7:30 pm except for Millie who was
busy at the door and myself taking the picture.
Steffie had been in and got changed but she went off to watch some
sort of football match so wasn't here at the time. She came in later
looking very happy so I assume her side won.
was nice to see Judy back this evening as she tells me that she
hasn't been for several months. I knew I hadn't seen her for some
time but had not realised it was so long. Welcome back Judy.
As for Julie on the right she hasn't been coming for nearly six
years. She had been looking at the Northern Concord website at intervals
and was disappointed to see that meetings were no longer being held.
She then spotted the Manchester Concord website and realised that
the meetings were still going ahead as usual so she came along to
join up again. It would be charitable if Jenny would change the
front page of her website so that old NC members knew we were still
going but I dont hold out much hope.
Megan, Dawn, Dee, Pauline and Sheree
is always good to see Dee from Dee Selecta come in with her friends
and newcomers. Sheree, on the right of the picture, was out for
the first time this evening, so welcome Sheree, I hope we see a
lot more of you in the future.
Megan and Dee had just returned from a weekend away at Bletchley
having attended the Ball at the big house in Bletchley Park where
all the wartime code breaking was done. It is a very elegant house
with a large ballroom ideal for the ball which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Next year we should make up a party and take a group there for the
weekend but this could be quite expensive.
Danni and Helena
Cindi and Mary
Genevieve and Mandy
shown in the middle picture above had come over from Sheffield this
evening and has asked if we will exchange links with the club she
runs over there so I will do this when I get an email giving me
Sammi, shown on the far right had organised the first monthly Masquerade
tour of the village hotspots for this evening, so I hope it was
a successful event.
Dont forget that in two weeks time we are having a Yellow theme
night so you still have time to find something suitable to wow us
Wednesday 27th April 2011
few weeks ago I got an email from a student called Lizzy who said
she was studying journalism and was involved in a project to produce
an online transgender magazine called Alterego. She asked if she
could visit the club and interview some of the members for her magazine.
I suggested that she might like to join us in Eden for a meal beforehand
and she accepted the invitation for this evening and duly came along
soon after 5 pm. She is a very relaxed, easygoing, confident girl
who seemed very happy in our company and spent the whole evening
with us before she had to go and catch her train back to Sheffield.
In this time she interviewed many of the members so we look forward
to seeing what
Lizzy, Lisa, Paula and Paula
has written about us and the club. She has since then written me
a thank you letter saying how much she enjoyed her visit and promising
to send the copy before it appears in the magazine. I have told
her that she is welcome to visit us anytime and bring along the
other people involved in the project if she so wishes.
Gill Springay at her makeup table
week we also had Gill Springay with us giving individual make up
advice to many of our members. She came along soon after 7 pm and
was kept busy the whole evening. Each person was given advice while
she was doing their makeup and then given a photograph to show the
improvements. Gill really enjoyed the evening and has offered to
return quite often if that is what we would like. We have arranged
another visit on the 25th of May so do come along then if you would
like a makeup session with her.
Joanne and Millie
shown here with Joanne, was feeling unwell the last time she was
at the club about 4 weeks ago. This evening she told me that she
has been unwell and off work ever since then and is only now feeling
well enough to come back. We were glad to see you back Millie and
hope you are now well recovered.
Steffie and Jane came in later in the evening having just been to
the theatre together which is something they do quite often. Jane
has such a busy social life as Jane, that she doesn't manage to
get to the club very much these days, so it was nice to see you
Jane, I am glad that things are going well with you.
Steffie and Jane
Chloe, Krystina and Marieanne
Helena, Vanessa and Amy
Elaine and Sam
Gwen and Paula
Chrystal and Sophie
It is great to see such a variety of colour in all the outfits that
people dress up in, to come out for the evening. Everybody makes
an effort which really shows in these photos, so thank you all for
helping to create this successful club. Mary
Lisa and Ruby
Wednesday 20th April 2011
Elaine, Helena, Mandy, Genevieve, Vanessa, Michelle, Tina, Michelle
evening was very warm and we did wonder whether it would be rather
quiet because we thought that more people would rather be outside.
So this is just a quick picture taken at around 10 past seven showing
those people who were already here at that early hour. Very encouraging
at that time and Karen had only just started to lay out her cosmetics
for sale. Here is her table 10 minutes later.
Ruth and Joanne
Not long after I had taken the picture above Ruth and Joanne walked
in both looking cool dressed in long flowing dresses. This is very
unusual for Joanne as she usually appears in jeans so I think this
is a great improvement. It was lovely to see you both.
We had not seen Lisa for several weeks so were begining to worry
about her but here she is as large as life bringing a friend Anna
with her, here I believe for only the second time. So welcome back
Anna and it appears that Lisa has been away for a week on a walking
holiday so we are glad to see you back looking fit and well.
Lisa and Anna
dont get to see Lesley very often because she works night shifts
most of the time cleaning the manchester trams. This means that
she can only get here when she has a break on a wednesday which
isn't very often, but it is good to see you, Lesley.
Estelle is slowly starting to get well following her bout with cancer
and comes along when she feels well enough. The cancer treatment
knocked out her immune system so she is now having many injections
to help her recover, but small infections still knock her for six
so it will take time. It is good to see you Estelle.
I am glad to see that rachel is still a regular visitor and she
tells me that she will be in Liverpool next week for the Start of
the new TG group G'n'G on friday evening.
Estelle and Rachel
Katie showing her hair
Simone and Pauline
Frances and Michaela
Ashley and Mercedes
is great to see Michaela back with us after an absence of several
weeks when she has been busy and then unwell. She says she is better
now and hopes to be able to come about once a fortnight. Mercedes
came a few weeks ago, for the first time after a very long gap,
to help show off the laser treatment she has had and now I see that
Ashley has persuaded her to come out again very quickly, so well
done Ashley, she needed someone to encourage her to enjoy life more.
Michela, Dee, Katie, Rosie and Sally
am always pleased to see Dee, on the left, come into the club with
all the friends she has encouraged to come shown with her in the
photo. You are always welcome.
The group on the right were brought in to the club for the first
time this evening by Sammi, on the right of the picture. They tell
me that they are almost ready to start their new TV service from
Jemma, Emma, Saskia, Cathy and Sammi
the Apollo by the roundabout on the end of Hyde Road. This should
be very convenient for many people who wish to come to the village
after going there as it is not very far from here. As soon as I
have more details I will put a link to them on our links page.
Next wednesday we will have Gill Springay with us doing makeovers
etc, and on Friday there are two things going on.
From 2 pm onwards Tracey is running a street party outside NewYork
NewYork to celebrate the royal wedding and also
a new group called G'n'G are having their first night starting at
7 pm in Liverpool. Several of us are going to both events so do
come and join us if you can.
Saturday 16th April 2011
Mary and Kate
Kate and Diane
Kate and Diane
Kate, Mary and Diane
this Saturday afternoon Kate, Diane and myself met up in the studio
flat that Diane had booked in the Bridge Street Apartments on Princess
street, to get ready to go out for the evening to the Lowry theatre.
The show we were going to see was by "The Trocks" who
are an all male ballet dancing troupe from America with a reputation
for being very funny as well as being very accomplished. All the
female roles also being danced by the men. We were looking forward
to our night out.
When we were all glammed up we went for a leisurely meal in Taurus
bar to give us enough energy to last the evening. We then drove
to the Lowry complex in Salford Quays and walked through the shopping
centre to get to the theatre. I was surprised to find that Diane
had never been there, so I hope this introduction will encourage
her to go again.
The show itself was excellent with lots of colour, skilled dancing
and many touches of humour to keep us all laughing.
will happily go again next year and hope that a few more members
of the club will as well. Incidentally, I was a bit surprised to
be recognised as Mary from Concord, by one of the other people in
the same row of seats in the theatre. She had come to the club with
a friend many months ago while we were still at the Rem. You cant
hide anywhere these days.
Wednesday 13th April 2011
Dawn and Vanessa
shown here with Vanessa, came along for the first time last week
and this week she decided to join Manchester Concord. As she did
not have a suitable email address I asked Vanessa if she would set
her one up and this she duly did, using the club's computer which
is always available to help in this way, as well as allowing any
visitors to give an illustrated talk. When not in use, for these
purposes, it randomly goes through the clubs large collection of
photos, so there is always the chance, if you come along, that you
may see either yourself or some of your friends up on the large
week I mentioned that Paula, shown here on the left had been to
Aintree and we put some of her photos in this blog. When talking
to her about it this week, it appears that her picture appeared
in several of the papers and no one appears to have spotted that
she is a Transvestite. All the comments just related to what she
was wearing as compared to many other girls whose pictures were
also shown. This really is quite a compliment to how she looks,
so well done Paula you do us proud.
The girl on the right is also called Paula and this is always one
of our problems. It is easy to get confused as some names are very
popular. Paula on the right is a rare visitor, but I hope we manage
to see her more often in the future.
Genevieve, shown here on the left is a fairly new member of the
club, but is now here almost every week and has shown an active
interest in the clubs activities and is trying to get to know as
many people as possible.
Mandy, has been coming for quite a lot longer but she is also here
almost every week and enjoys finding new outfits.
Simone, shown below left came along for the first time this evening
having emailed me beforehand to say that she was coming. I hope
she can come again soon.
Michelle and Mary
who I have shown here on the right came along for the first time
this evening and got dressed at the club. She has never been out
before but tells me that she has been practising doing her own makeup
using a book to show her how. I couldn't resist taking this closeup
shot as she has managed a very professional look that she should
be proud of.
Millie, who nomally does the door these days along with Tina has
not been for two weeks and was not well when she was here last so
I hope she is getting better and we see her again soon.
had her operation earlier this week and Cate tells me that she was
in touch with her the following day so it sounds at though she is
progressing well. Best wishes to you Mel and we hope to see you
Wednesday 6th April 2011
had advertised this evening as a "Bling" evening but I
had not realised that not many of you have very much. I should also
apologise to Tina who had suggested this idea but she was away on
holiday so could not make it. We will do it again at a later date.
As you can see I have quite a lot but dont normally wear so much
at one time.
I brought some of my collection to lend out and here is Fernanda
showing off some very OTT earings which went well with her outfit.
Below I have shown some other girls modelling some more.
evening I was sorry to hear that Dean, who has been our Barman here
at NewYork NewYork for most of the time since we have been coming
here, has now left and found another job so we wont be seeing him
again. I would like to wish him success in his new venture.
But, his replacement, at least for this evening was Leanne, shown
here, so lets welcome her aboard and hope that she is able to stay
and look after our bar.
I was delighted to see Mischa come in to the club this evening as
she lives a very busy life and can only get here very occasionally.
She told me at the end that she had thoroughly enjoyed the evening
and hoped she would be able to return soon.
Alison and Jess
Alison is shown here on the left with her friend Jess from America.
Jess is going back home next week and Alison is planning to follow
when she has her Visa and then they will get married and live over
there permanently. We will be sorry to see Alison go but wish her
all the luck in the world for her new life.
Joanie, shown on the right, brought Tracey along with her to the
club for the first time, so welcome Tracey, I hope you will come
Joanie and Tracey
Karen and Suzi
Sarah and Sam
the end of the evening I often go on to Napoleon's just to relax
before making my way home. This evening Zoe came in having just
come out very late in the evening to say goodbye to any of her friends
that she came across. On Monday she is flying out to start a new
life in Grand Canaria helping the girl she is going to marry to
run a club in Playa del Ingles. She will be popping back occasionally
as she still has one or two engagements to fulfil this summer and
we may see her at Sparkle, but after that she will have less reason
to come back. She did tell me the name of the Club she will be working
in but I have forgotten it so I will have to email her to get it.
I am sure any of us will be welcome there if we are ever over on
holiday. We will miss you Zoe. You always manage to look so attractive
when you come out, but I would like to give you our best wishes
from us all for your new life.
Just as I was finishing off this Blog, I got an email from our
shy and retiring Paula who has just spent an enjoyable day at
Aintree. If you are going to do it, then do it in style and I
think Paula has it in spades.
I would like to wish Mel all the best when she has her op this
Tuesday. We look forward to seeing her back here very soon. Mary