Graham Giles came to Manchester, as so many people do, because of his sexuality - and he certainly made his mark on the city. Don't miss a thing by getting the latest from the Manchester Evening News sent direct to your inbox. Born in Cheltenham in February , Graham Giles, aka Dame Gracy, moved to Manchester as a teenager after being ostracised by his family for being gay. One day he was asked to prepare food for a long haul train from Manchester to London Euston and back again. He worked 20 hours straight. Afterwards, the conductor invited him to the pub and bought him a song on the jukebox as a thanks.
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Sign up for our What's On newsletter - for all the latest whether you're staying in or heading out and about. Filmed in half an hour in-between his weather presenting slots, the video went viral. Owain, 36, admits that some of those comments took him back to his childhood growing up in the ex-mining town of Ammanford in Wales. We were a very working class family in an ex-industrial area. Owain says that when he first started drumming at the age of 15, it gave him a way of concealing his sexuality.
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