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THE DAY I DATED A PIN-UP
... And was scared stiff at the seaside
by Eric Wainwright
It sounds a cheerful way to spend a summer's day, doesn't it? I thought so too until I tried being her escort and had the most frightening day of my life.
And I did feel proud as we walked hand-in-hand along the prom where every head swivelled... and a precocious bug-eyed boy dropped his choc-ice.
We drank iced drinks and nineteen-year-old Sabrina whose fan-mail averages a proposal a day, dreamed of her ideal man.
"He must be big and strong..." she began, and I flexed my drinking arm.
And within minutes, I was glowering forgotten in a corner while every man in the place hummed round my girl-for-a-day.
The only notice I got was from a bearded character who snarled, "Shift over, chum."
Beyond us, the sea shone like cool, blue glass. There was a row of bathing tents but my glamour girl said firmly: "We'll change at an hotel. I must have a proper mirror."
We found a space on the crowded beach and stretched out.
I remembered that at Leeds the fire brigade had to be called to control a Sabrina mob, and at Manchester mounted police had to rescue her from fans/
A furious voice roared above the clamour, "Someone's trodden in the sandwiches." A tattooed man brandished his fist at us.
Heads down, we fought back up the beach. But there was more to come.
Cameras clicked and teenagers stroked her arm shouting, "Oo... I've touched her."
Sabrina's smile never wavered. But later she said wistfully, "It's always like that. Sometimes I put on a bathing cap but they still recognise me. My last boy friend broke it off because we could never go to a dance or swim without a crowd gathering. It's all very hard for a boy, really."
I nodded dumbly. Recently I have crashed a stock car, dived through a glass window and jumped from an aeroplane. And I'd do it all again rather than face another date with a pin-up.
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