When Lancashire drag queen Vera Vajazal (aka George Hailesworth) got wind of the situation in Syria, she decided it was time to attempt to lift people’s spirits in the midst of their adversity.
With the help of northern club manager and tour organiser, Bill Updike the dedicated tranny has polished up her tribute act to the late and great Gracie Fields and is heading to Damascus to deliver a Gracie style morale boost to anti-government troops.
When Vera first said she wanted to do the tour I said to her “Are you f**king mad? It’ll be suicide for you and your career. But she was having none of it.”
‘I’ve faced worse situations in Blackburn Bill, and I can’t just sit at home watching all that human suffering unfold on the TV in front of me, I want to put a bit of light back into people’s lives. And nobody could put a smile on people’s faces like our Gracie could. Besides which I haven’t had a gig for eight months.’
So she’s off a week on Friday.”
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera TV, Vera has sent a personal message to anti-government troops in advance of her tour. “Clear the squares and shift the shrapnel from them back room bars boys, Gracie’s on her way!”
Tour manager Bill Updike said, “Although sadly, I won’t be travelling with Vera due to other work commitments with Ken Dodd, she’ll be in safe militia hands performing on the backs of open lorries in some of the worst strife torn areas. I’m sure that as soon as people here her unique version of Sally in our Ali the fighting will stop and all attention will turn on her.”
Future plans to travel to Cairo to entertain the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood have been put on hold until the success of Vera’s Syrian tour is known.