Sad news reaches us today that Stockport's own Sabrina (real name Norma Sykes) passed away last November at the age of 80. There's a very good obituary/article in today's Manchester Evening News that details not only her passing, after years of living as a recluse in California, but also a potted history of her life and career. It's a shame to consider her final years were spent seemingly so unhappily and equally sad that it's took us almost a year to realise we have lost one of our own.
Despite being once described as someone who couldn't sing, couldn't act and couldn't even walk properly, Sabrina had star talent by the bucketload...or should that be cup load? Her prodigious 41" bust secured her celebrity from the '50s onwards, often as the glamorous stooge of Arthur Askey. It was certainly enough to warrant her the tag of Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield all rolled into one and, among the many impressive facts regarding her fandom, is the tales of how a 4,000 strong mob in Sheffield almost ripped the dress from her in an attempt to get near or the 10,000 Australian fans who flocked to Pert airport and almost caved the roof in!
I had previously blogged about Sabrina here