MR GAY UK 2007

Daniel the local hero 

It was a home triumph in the Grand Final of Mr Gay UK 2007 at the Flamingo Club, Blackpool on Friday night. The winner was Mr Blackpool, Daniel Broughton, aged 21. 

And what a star! He appeared on stage in a cute cowboy costume and won roars of approval from the hundreds of revellers who'd turned out to see the 22 finalists from throughout the UK strut their stuff. 

Earlier in the evening Daniel had been hotly favoured by a BBC judging panel including Michael Aspel, a former Miss World Judge, on BBC1's The One Show, broadcast live from Blackpool. 

Celebrity couple Michelle Scott-Lee from Liberty X and her husband Andy Scott-Lee a former pop idol finalist were the fabulous hosts, The Sheilas - best known for the Sheila's Wheels ads - were the star turn and the celebrity judges included Shabaz from Big Brother, Hollyoaks star James Sutton and Soapstar Superstar's Leon Lopez. 

Leeds Rhino Lee Smith and his girlfriend Verity Rushworth, the Emmerdale actress, were judges too. 

So on the same night the Blackpool Illuminations were switched on for the 2007 season, a new face lit up the stage, and we said an emotional farewell to 2006 winner, PC Mark Carter. He's had an amazing year, and the future looks bright for Daniel too.