Stockport Express - - Your Views -

ON Sun­day, Septem­ber 10, I at­tended the Vin­tage Vil­lage held at Stock­port Cov­ered mar­ket.

Across the road in the food hall a (Sab­rina) fair was be­ing held which con­sisted of a film show by Stephen Cole. Sab­rina found fame as a busty blonde in 1955 ap­pear­ing in the Arthur Askey Show.

Her real name was Norma Ann Sykes and I lived op­po­site her in Buck­ing­ham St Heav­i­ley. Her mother did dress mak­ing in the front room of their house.

When the war was over and down came the black­out cur­tains, I and Pam Hud­son and Shirley Pear­son took our cur­tains to Mrs Sykes who made us some PE shorts for school, they were sim­i­lar to a mini skirt with pleats rather than the boxer type of shorts that were avail­able dur­ing the war.

Alas Pam and Shirley are not with us any­more.

Also at the fair was Peter John­son, who lived on Bramhall Lane, and his wife Pat and to­gether we were able to give Stephen Cole fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on Norma as she grew up.

Also there was Mar­ion Cum­mings who we didn’t recog­nise as we hadn’t seen her since we left school in 1952.

Mar­ion is still a good friend of Sheila Fran­cis who un­for­tu­nately couldn’t join us due to ill health. Af­ter the film show I was ap­proached by a young lady called Su­san Dawkins who is writ­ing a book about Sab­rina.

Norma, Peter and I were able to give her snip­pets about life grow­ing up with her. Su­san is still seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about Norma’s younger days and I was won­der­ing if there is any­one who at­tended St Ge­orge’s School from 1948 to !952 who re­mem­bers Norma?

If so could you let me know? Any snip­pets of in­for­ma­tion I re­ceive I can pass on to Susie Dawkins to be pub­lished in her book. Sy­bil Mar­shall (nee Webb), Flat 9 Church View, All Saints Lane, Net­tle­ham, Lin­coln, LN2 2NU

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