MATT LUCAS will not return to his stage role following the death of his former partner. The comic actor left the West End production of Prick Up Your Ears following the suicide of Kevin McGee last week. His understudy Michael Chadwick is taking over until 22 October, when actor Con ONeill takes over the role of Joe Ortons lover Kenneth Halliwell at the Comedy Theatre in Panton Street. Lucas, 35, and McGee married in a civil ceremony in December 2006, but the union was officially dissolved last January. London Lite Monday, 12 October 2009 3 BANDMATES FLY TO MAJORCA TO COMFORT GATELYS PARTNER Continued from Page 1 Inbrief PCs in court over racist abuse TWO police officers accused of racially abusing a group of men in the street were to appear at Kingston Crown Court today. PCs Mark Jones, 42, and Neil Brown, 33, were charged in connection with an incident in Paddington. PC Jones also faces two charges of racially aggravated assault during the alleged row in June last year. Postiessetdates formorestrikes UNION leaders are in crisis meetings today to decide on dates for national Royal Mail strikes in the dispute over working conditions, pay and modernisation. The first of the 24-hour strikes called for by the Communication Workers Union could begin as early as next week. Three more days of talks will take place this week in an effort to break the deadlock. Londons potty for gin again THE first copper-pot gin distillery to be built in London for 189 years has opened for business in Hammersmith. It produces Sipsmith London Dry Gin, priced at 24 a bottle, which has been snapped up by the bars at The Dorchester hotel, Harvey Nichols and The Ivy. The gin is produced by London entrepreneurs Fairfax Hall and Stamford Galsworthy. Sky on song with Net music SKY will launch a bid to conquer the growing online music market, it has announced. The broadcaster will offer more than four million tracks from back catalogues of major music labels including EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner, through its Sky Songs service. The service will be available via subscription, starting from 6.49 a month. Ronans vigil for Boyzone brother Death scene: Gatelys apartment in Puerto Andratx Tribute: Ronan Keating last night leaving the flat where Stephen Gately died Grief: Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham to resuscitate Gately, 33, with the kiss of life after he woke to find him slumped on a sofa in their 1m apart- ment on the Spanish holiday island. Reports today suggested the singer had been found in a kneeling position with his face buried in the sofa. Gatelys family today dismissed reports that he had been on an eight- hour drinking session before his death, saying he was a sensible man and insisting his death was a tragic accident. Their lawyer Gerald Kean said: Im not suggesting that he wasnt drinking, not at all. But certainly not for eight hours. He spoke to a family member at about 12.30am on Saturday, he was on great form and getting ready to go out in Palma, which would have taken them an hour to get to. He would have got to Palma about 2am and I know he got back to his home before 6am, so he was only out for a few hours. He was a very sensible man. He enjoyed himself, he loved life. I was with him many a night and, if any- thing, late into nights he would look as though he had just arrived. Gatelys Boyzone bandmates flew to Majorca by private jet last night to comfort Mr Cowles at the apart- ment in Puerto Andratx. The couple married in a civil ceremony three years ago. The band -- Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch -- made no comment as they left the apartment after just over an hour, keep- ing their heads down and wearing dark glasses. Earlier Keating said: Im devastated. Weve lost a brother. After leaving Mr Cowles, Boyzone travelled to the Mon Port Hotel, a few miles away, where they stayed up until late in the restaurant, pay- ing tribute to their friend. Boyzones manager Louis Walsh was due to fly to Dublin today to be with Gatelys family. Walsh, a close friend of the singer, was distraught on hearing of his death and pulled out of last nights X Factor show to travel to Ireland. He jetted back to London last night but his spokes- woman said he would return to Dublin today, although he had been in contact with the groups he is mentoring for the ITV talent show. She said: He has been speaking to them and will see them all at the end of the week. He is due to appear on The X Factor this weekend, but it depends on when Stephens funeral is. A postmortem may not take place until tomorrow because today is a bank holiday in Spain, after which Gatelys body will be flown back to Ireland for the funeral. 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