Douglas Seton, a cross-dressing father and party hostess known as Sally Swings, was found dead at a swingers club in Farnworth, Bolton, on Thursday morning. Although Bolton Coroner's Office has launched an investigation, a police statement said his death was not being treated as suspicious.
"Police were called at 9.24am on Thursday March 3 to The GateHouse on Cawdor Street after the body of a man was found... The death is being treated as non-suspicious and file has been prepared for the coroner" said Greater Manchester Police in a statement. It is believed the body was found by Diane Rogers, also known as Dee Selecta, the venue owner and a friend of Seton.
An announcement on the GateHouse's website read: "Dee must, most regrettably, inform you of the passing of her dear friend, Sally (of Sally's Swinging Sunday's fame and Wicked Wednesday's to name but a few events Sally ran @ The GateHouse over the years). Dee had known Sally for seven years as a personal and very personable friend, in good times and bad, through thickness and thin. Dee's heartfelt thoughts go to Sally's family and friends at this time, the saddest of times."
On a social media profile, Sally Swings is described herself as "a t-girl living in Manchester". Seton reportedly had a two-year-old daughter with his partner, Tina.
The GateHouse has recently been shortlisted as Trans Venue of the Year in the National Transgender Awards hosted by Sparkle, a charity supporting the transgender community.
"Sally lived life on the biggest of swings, to say she will be missed is beyond an understatement, may she rest in eternal peace," continued the GateHouse's announcement.