Meeting Sabrina?

Gerald Bryan (left) and his older brother David in the Winter Gardens with Sabrina - or is it a cardboard cut out?
Gerald Bryan (left) and his older brother David in the Winter Gardens with Sabrina - or is it a cardboard cut out?
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Was Sabrina cut out for entertainment?

The question could well be asked by Gerald Bryan, of Crossland Road, Marton, pictured here in his early teens with a glamorous companion and older brother David.

Gerald, who will be 72 in September, says: “The picture was taken in the Olympia Hall of the Winter Gardens, where there used to be an indoor funfair and arcades, although to be honest I cannot recall it.

“My brother claims we were stood with entertainer Sabrina, but I am sure it was a full size cardboard cut out”

Now Gerald is hoping readers are able to throw some light on what Sabrina (or her cut-out) were up to in Blackpool in the mid 1950s.

Sabrina was the stage name of well-endowed Blackpool waitress Norma Sykes, who was discovered and launched on TV as a sex symbol by comedian Arthur Askey.

According to the second volume of showbusiness historian Barry Band’s Blackpool’s Century of Stars, Sabrina’s “occasional local show appearances ended with a top-of-the-bill spot in variety week at the Queen’s Theatre in October 1964”.

Do any other readers recall the Olympia connection?

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