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