George Ward, mental health nurse who as Cherry Valentine lit up RuPaul’s Drag Race UK – obituary

Meanwhile, Cherry Valentine’s entry in Drag Race had been as dramatic as her tight jumpsuit, thanks to a large headpiece that caught the top of a doorway. Taking the upset in her stride, she redid her entrance, this time calmly ducking and saying: “Roses are red and violets are blue, here’s your winner of season two.”

It was not to be, and she was eliminated in the second episode. RuPaul bade her farewell, saying: “Roses are red, violets are blue, you are Cherry Valentine and we’ll miss you.”

George Ward was born into a Romany family in Darlington on November 30 1993, recalling as a five-year-old “running around in my mum’s heels when she was out of the house”. He was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps as a car mechanic, although the closest he came was being able to drive for 45 minutes in full dress and 10-inch heels.

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