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Edition No. 169

Date:- 25 September 2004

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Roberta Lee 10 years on...
IT WAS on the 4 September 1994 when a shy Robert transformed into Roberta Lee. He was asked to do a show at a Men's club, when he was a drama student at Southport Collage. Needing cash he thought why not, but the only catch was, it had to be in drag. So he decided to bite the bullet and have a go… the rest is now history. Highlights so far in his ten years of fame as Roberta Lee have included being on the Trisha show and also touring the world. All the time building up an international following, that is truly international. When ask why he chose Southport to set up his club, he responded, "My family is here and this is where my routes are. There is nothing like it on Merseyside and I wanted to give Southport a tourist attraction it could be proud of. So here I am 10 years on with a club in Sunny Southport… well most years sunny…"

"Well done Rob for all the hard work you have put into making Roberta Lee a right characters."
was shouted out by the audience at the end of the night. One lass called Sue from Liverpool said:- "I love this venue as it is so relaxed. I found it on a hen night and I have been back ever since. Robert is an amazing person and I am surprised that Southport still sees him as an eccentric. He is so funny, but a really sharp businessman who has seen a market opportunity and gone for it. I wish him all the best fro the rest of his career. He is bound to go far." 
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