The Northern Quarter’s most exotic bar celebrated its sixth birthday in style with a special celebrity and VIP party in honour of its namesake, Frank Foo Foo Lammar.
Celebs flocked to Lammars in Hilton Street on Wednesday, March 14, to pay homage to the infamous drag artist and also raise money for his charity, Frank Lammar Christies Against Cancer.
“In the six years we have been open, it’s been a huge success and to celebrate we wanted to raise money for the causes…”
A limited number of tickets were also available to the general public priced £5, and a charity raffle hosted by Capital FM’s Wingman as well as tribute acts made it a night to remember, with proceeds from the evening going to the worthy cause.
Celebs including BBC’s Deadly Arts presenter Michelle Ackerley, Heidi Anne, who is launching her latest dance single this week, comedian Iain Stirling and Newsround presenter Ore Oduba as well as sports presenters Nadia Dunn and John Watson, bopped to the tribute acts.
Lammars was launched six years ago by his nephew Anthony Pearson, three years after the death of the much-loved Foo Foo and in honour of his memory.
With its flamboyant and eclectic interior, the award-winning bar restaurant has become a firm favourite for the city’s 24-hour party people, offering a unique environment, serving the best drinks in town and now boasting a new head chef and menu.
“We wanted Lammars to be unlike any other bar in town and reflect Frank’s flamboyant nature and love of a good party,” said Anthony.
“In the six years we have been open, it’s been a huge success and to celebrate we wanted to raise money for the causes so close to Frank’s heat, as well as have the party of the year.”
Frank Foo Foo Lammar was the son of an Ancoats rag and bone man and left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications.
He started performing in the clubs and bars of Greater Manchester and created his stage persona Foo Foo, adding Lemmar in honour of Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr.
He opened his first club in 1971 called the Picador and latterly the infamous Foo Foo’s Palace in Dale Street in the Northern Quarter as well as releasing an album (My Life At The Palace) and publishing his autobiography (I Am What I Am), a year before his death.
But it was for his tireless work for charity that he was equally remembered for upon his death in 2003, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and latterly, Christies.
“Frank was one in a million and we felt this was the best way to honour him and also show his spirit lives on through Lammars,” added Anthony.
Guests tucked into tapas canapés from the new menu as well as special cocktails in honour of Foo Foo.
Anthony has also recently opened Foo Foos, a new bar in Bloom Street in the village in honour of his famous uncle.