Tuesday 23 July 2019

Helen Blake event is a drag!

David Looby

A colourful set of characters brightened up a blustery day in Fethard at the third annual Pat's Drag Race, held in aid of the Helen Blake replica boat project on June Bank Holiday Sunday.

Thirteen brave souls took to the roads around Fethard on all manner of two-wheeled contraptions, from bicycles to electric bikes and even a tandem bicycle, getting into the spirit of the occasion by wearing outrageous costumes, wild wigs and hastily applied make-up.

Organiser Pat Kent said the cycle has really taken off since he cycled the Helen Blake Challenge in 2017 in drag.

'We had everything from the butch to the flamboyant this year, including a pregnant "woman" from Campile. They all totally embraced the idea behind the event which raises awareness about the Helen Blake Project,' Pat said.

He presented Gary Waters with the Best Dressed Queen award and sash and Liz MacCurtain with her prize and pink sash for Best Dressed King.

Pat said work has begun on the Helen Blake replica boat under the stewardship of Bevel Furniture in Poulfur.

The boat will sail out to the site of the 'Mexico' sinking off the Keeragh Islands once it is built in 2021.

He said people can buy a plank for the vessel for €10 and be named on the roll of honour for the project. With €35,000 raised to date, the committee is looking to raise an additional €50,000 over the coming 18 months. See for more information.

New Ross Standard