Shop fur­nished with a touch of glam­our

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cash-strapped Commuters -

Ash­ford has had its fair share of celebrity visi­tors over the years. From boxer Fred­die Mills and foot­baller Bobby Moore to singer Peter An­dre and for­mer tabloid pin-up Linda Lusardi, the town has never failed to wow crowds with the many stars vis­it­ing for spe­cial events in times past.

And, quite of­ten, we will see the likes of Paul O’Grady, Vic Reeves and Bob Mor­timer, who all live nearby, in the vicin­ity.

A few years back, I got off a bus and bumped straight into Chris Tar­rant – but didn’t find time to phone a friend!

Back in 1957, crowds gath­ered as glam­our model Sab­rina spent time at fur­nisher W.H. Gibbs in the High Street as it held a Mod­ern Homes Ex­hi­bi­tion in its store.

She ap­peared in the film Blue Mur­der at St Trinian’s the same year and, in one of her fi­nal films, she re­placed Jayne Mans­field in the hor­ror film The Ice House.

Now liv­ing in Hol­ly­wood, Sab­rina was born Norma Ann Sykes in Stock­port, Cheshire.

This week’s Re­mem­ber When looks back at the visit she made to the High Street store, which is now buried be­neath the County Square shop­ping cen­tre.

Do you have any pho­to­graphs or slides that you would be will­ing to loan to me, to en­able them to be scanned and fea­tured in the Ken­tish Ex­press? If so please write to me: Steve Sal­ter, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR; email me at re­mem­ber­when_k­mash@ hot­ or fol­low me on Twit­ter @SteveKMAsh­ford. Or you can also leave a tele­phone mes­sage for me with brief de­tails by call­ing 01233 623232.

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