A DANCE teacher from South Shields has been named Mr Gay UK.
Stuart Hatton is the first North East fan to win the title.
He said: “It feels amazing to be Mr Gay UK and I’m very proud to bring the title to the North East for the first time.
“I hope I can be a role model for the gay community throughout the UK.”
Stuart fought off the competition at the final in Leeds on Saturday night.
The 28-year-old is the co-principal at his family dance studios, The Hatton Academy of Dance, in Commercial Road, South Shields.