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The Curious Incident of

Sabrina's Birkenhead Dress Ripping

15 October 1956 - Daily Mirror

Four thousand people turned out to see Sabrina at Birkenhead, resulting in a massive traffic jam. It turned into a near-riot when her dress strap broke.


SABRINA, television and stage "dumb blonde" was ill in bed with "shock" yesterday after a stampede of fans when her neckline plunged — by accident.
She was coming out of a Birkenhead cinema after a personal appearance, when someone stepped on the train of her evening gown.
Both shoulder straps broke. A shrieking crowd of fans surged forward...

Her manager, Mr. David Scott-Atkinson said last night: "Sabrina pulled her mink stole round her though nearly all her charms were exposed.
"Worst of all, she slipped and hit her head on the car."
And Sabrina (her real name is Norma Sykes) said In her Liverpool hotel: "I feel awful. I want to go home to Mummy."
Later she left to see her mother in Blackpool.

According to a different story ( QT, May 61 ),

"she was attending a premier in Birkenhead and wearing a black velvet evening dress that fit her like a second skin. The crowd pressed close to admire the terrain and some lout stepped on the star's train. There was a warning sound of tearing fabric, followed by a sight for sore male eyes. Sabrina had been wearing nothing under the dress from the waist up, and her braless bosom sprang almost into full view. The heroine swooned at that point, and so did several sturdy lads among the onlookers. The bobbies had to be summoned to keep order."

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

Read the Exposed article.

Sabrina in Shock!

Sabrina recovers after the Birkenhead incident

Sir! 1957 reported...

Four thousand stampeded and shouted as the big-bosomed blonde arrived to open a tailor shop at Sheffield, England [No - that was the Sheffield Riot . The dress ripping was in Birkenhead]. Dozens of young men rushed her, knocking down women and children. Sabrina's form-fitting dress was torn and she was bruised and scratched.

Then at Birkenhead she took to her bed to recover from the shock of having too much of herself revealed in public. Sabrina was leaving a theatre when a crowd closed in. Someone stood on the train of her black velvet evening gown, skin-tight naturally. Someone else pushed her.

There was a ripping sound and for a moment Sabrina stood nude to the waist. Then she screamed and fainted. Police broke up a near riot. And well they might. Merrie old England hasn't seen anything like it since Anita Ekberg lost her dress in a London hotel - another sight to gladden the stout British male heart.

According to Exposed , "Insiders still affirm that it had been staged by Sabrina's own press agents."

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