Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…
A former drag queen who was found homeless and sleeping on a bench in Costa Del Sol is now a bingo caller in Skegness after turning his life around.
Kevin Peters, 59, known as K.T. Peters on stage, was spotted by two former friends, Belinda Hallows and Rob Stevens, sleeping rough next to the beach.
He had been without a home for three and a half years.
Now, after the pair raised money for Kevin and brought him back to the UK, he has been able to get back on his feet and even has a new job – as a bingo caller in Skegness.
Rob told Lincolnshire Live: “I had dinner with KT last Sunday.
“He has his own place now and a job, too.
“He’s a bingo caller on North Parade – the women love him!
“His life has totally changed for the better – it’s fantastic.”
Kevin admits that since Belinda and Rob, who now run a popular bar in Ingoldmells, offered him help, his life has completely changed.
Kevin said: “I get a bit choked up when I talk about it.
“I thought I would be on the bench for the rest of my days. Nothing was coming up, not even jobs in the restaurants or anything.
“Money is money. If I had to wash up, I’d wash up. If I had to clean toilets, I’d clean toilets – but nothing was happening.
“It’s a complete turn around. It’s wonderful.”
Rob said: “I went to live on the bench with Kev for one night, and had the experience of what it was like.
“Kev was the first drag queen at Funny Girls in Blackpool when it first opened. He’s a mega name, he used to work at my venue – he’d sell out, he’d have people queuing out the door to see him.
“So, for me, I need to get this guy back to work.”
Not only is Kev back at work, he’s now settled in the seaside town with a stable job and friends nearby – a world away from his former life in Costa Del Sol.
More than 5,000 euros was raised by people who were touched by Kevin’s story and wanted to give some money and help him get back on his feet.
Belinda and Rob now run their own bar on the coast and have recently taken over a fish bar next door. You can find out more about Rob Stevens Manhattan Show Bar here.