Wednesday , 22 May 2019

Meet Mr Bear Scots 2014

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October is the month of clocks changing, darker nights, autumn leaves and BEARS! We reported earlier this month on the annual BearScotFest, held in Edinburgh, which attracts big burly boys and their admirers from all over the UK.

Now recovered from his bear weekend, we speak with the newly crowned Mr Bear Scots 2014, Peter Morley, and find out what it takes to be King of Scotland’s Bears.

Tell us a little about you.

Well I’m Peter Morley, I’m 33 and I come from a small town on the outskirts of Manchester called Oldham. Famous for riots, the tubular bandage and the first test tube baby who was born a week before me in the same maternity ward. I’m a Police Officer. I work as a Child Protection officer here in Manchester and I have a very lovely boyfriend called Ben.

How does it feel to be crowned Mr Bear Scots 2014? 
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I never honestly expected to be in with a chance, so it was a massive shock to say the least. That’s why I was a bit speechless on the day. I didn’t think for a second that I’d even place, so it was overwhelming to say the least. I still can’t believe it now.  I seem to have developed the nickname ‘Sash Bear’ [from friends] but other than that it’s just been business as usual.

Tell those of us who weren’t at the Festival, just what the selection process involved?

Well, when Ben bought the tickets he ticked the box to say that I wanted to be entered into the contest and then, about a week before, I received an e-mail saying I had been selected and could I send some brief details about myself and a photo to the organisers. I did it more as a laugh than anything else, but the rest – so they say – is history.

Is this your first Bear Scots Fest?

I’ve been a couple of times before. It’s always a brilliant weekend, I don’t really go to any other events so its a great opportunity to see everyone in one place.

What was your Bear Scots highlight activity this year, apart from being crowned ofcourse.

I know the caves is the main event, but I always enjoy the Friday night at CC Blooms. It feels a bit smaller and more cosy to me. So it would be CC Blooms as my highlight.

How do the Scottish bears compare to any others you’ve met before?

Edinburgh is an amazing place, so friendly and relaxed and you see that in the scene. There doesn’t seem to be a massive divide in who goes in what club, bar or anything else and that’s really refreshing.

Any words of advice to future entrants on winning the judges over?

Just have a laugh and enjoy it. It’s a fantastic end to a brilliant event.

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About Stuart Duffy

Stuart Duffy
Stuart is a Glasgow-based journalist covering LGBTI issues and has been published in ScotsGay Magazine, Gay Star News, Pink News as well as numerous local publications over the past 18 years. Brought up in his hometown of Cowdenbeath in Fife, he has studied Radio Broadcasting and Event Management and has worked with leading businesses such as BSkyB and most recently Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He has a keen interest in politics, current affairs and entertainment and when he's not writing Stuart is usually found in the City shops with his partner and young daughter.

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