|Venue of Benidorm's newest fun bar "Showboat"|
I popped by during the week to speak with Wayne Wright, owner of this new and spectacular venue. He is certainly no novice when it comes to entertainment and hospitality - having owned and run Queen's Hotel in the Old Town for 8 years (selling up last year) and performed nightly cabarets there as his alter ego "Miss Levi". He bought the hotel as a run down shell and spent much effort renovating and even adding extra floors to provide spacious accommodation. I remember going there one night some 5 years ago where a British television crew were filming a live evenings entertainment, which was hailed a great success.
Wayne started his entertainment career as a Butlin's Redcoat at the Blackpool Metropole - one night he was handed a crushed red velvet dress as they needed a compare for a ladies night ... and so Miss Levi was born! He came to Benidorm 20 years ago from his native Manchester where his first job was working as a promoter at "Boo Boo Beach" - now Tiki Beach on the Levante front. His first gig was at "Showboat" (now Red Dog) and ended up at "Sandra's" on Calle Lepanto - where he performed his famous "Miss Levi" routine for 19 years bringing in the crowds night after night. Being a performer and working the crowds is in his blood.
|"Miss Levi" with Benidorm cast on ITV's Daybreak last year|
|Wayne taking a 5 minute break to show me around|
The decor is vibrant,theatrical and pure show business - well Wayne has had first hand experience as he use to be the warm up act for names such as Lilly Savage (Paul O'Grady) and Simon "Betty Legs Diamond" in Blackpool.
The opening night of Showboat is on Thursday 1st March at 8pm "The Showboat is a life times ambition - it is a sole venture with no financial backers or investors so I'm giving it 100% commitment" said Wayne and everyone is welcome. So come along and toast Wayne and his team the best of luck.