21 Jan 2002 - Lea and Beryl Ellis write
19 Jan 2002
She attended St George's School, on Buxton Rd, Heaviley, Stockport, Cheshire.
My Mother says she was a very good swimmer and won lots of medals for
the school. She and her family moved from Stockport when she was in her
teens and my mother thinks they were running a guest house in Blackpool.
Regards Mr Lea Ellis & Beryl Ellis
To which I replied:
Are you sure we are talking about the same Norma Sykes who became 'Sabrina'. My sources unanimously say she was Welsh - but the Internet has been wrong before ;-)
Does your mum remember if she had a scarred right ankle as a result of polio?
And the reply was:
20 Jan 2002
YES WE ARE DEFINITELY SURE IT'S THE SAME PERSON, MY MOTHER OFTEN TALKED ABOUT NORMA ANN, AND HOW SHE BECAME SABRINA. AND HOW SHE WAS DISCOVERED BY ARTHUR ASKEY, AND THE ONE LINE SHE USE TO SAY, "DOESN'T IT MAKE YOU WANT TO SPIT".
MY MOTHER DOES REMEMBER THE SCAR ON HER ANKLE FROM POLIO.
AS SOON AS I FOUND YOUR WEB SITE MY MOTHER WAS ALMOST IN TEARS. I JUST
SHOWN HER THE PHOTOS AND SHE SAID, "THAT'S SABRINA."
[It's in Romiley, Cheshire: see a picture
[There could be a curious coincidence here: Lime Grove is where one of the BBC studios is located: see http://www.bbctv-ap.freeserve.co.uk/lg.htm - ed.]
PLEASE FIND ENCLOSED THE PHOTO OF NORMA ANN SYKES (SABRINA) AGED 14 MONTHS.
21 Jan 2002
LEALARCOUNTY at aol.com
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