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The Flying Starrs

Plot

The only enemy circus orphan Lara Starr had at Gormans Circus where she had been brought up since the death of her parents (the flying starrs) was trapeze girl Mandy. She knew that the circus clown Zappo was secretly training Lara on trapeze which was forbidden. She also knew Lara was good enough to take over from her

Notes

Appeared

  • The Flying Starrs – Suzy: #207 (23 August 1986) – #213 (4 October 1986)

Heartbreak Hotel

Plot

Young Helen and Frankie Whitley are running Hollybank, a small country hotel in the village of Clerewell, while their parents are in hospital. Hollybank has already earned the name of ”Heartbreak Hotel”, because of the bad luck that has apparently dogged it—secretly due to underhand work by Mr Judd, owner of the rival Stirrup Cup Inn. Financial difficulties force Helen to sell some of the furniture and she is left without enough chairs for her guests, the unpleasant Wimpson family. Helen gives up her own chairs and she and Frankie have to make do with old ones given to them by the mother of Daisy, their scatterbrained cook-general. However, when Frankie decides to fix the springs of one of the choirs, she finds it is padded with money!

heartbreak hotel

Notes

Appeared

  • Heartbreak Hotel – Judy:  #180 (22 June 1963) – #190 (31 August 1963)
  • Reprinted – Judy: #1039 (08 December 1979) – #1049 (16 February 1980)

Anya at Ballet School / Big Top Ballet

Plot:

Anya Bergman, a young girl from a travelling fair, is a pupil at the exclusive Marovani School of Ballet. Gerda Nansen, a mean, spiteful girl, plays a nasty trick which leads to Anya being accused of stealing Gerda’s golden locket and chain. The chain is found in Anya’s locker—but the locket is still missing. Anya is forbidden to take part in any of the school activities until the Governors meet to discuss the matter of the missing locket and decide whether or not Anya is to be expelled.

Anya returns in Big Top Ballet  Anya’s ballet class moves in with the circus owned by Marta Bruk, Anya’s guardian, when their ballet school is partly damaged by fire. When Marta Bruk dies in an accident, Anya finds herself heir to the circus. But there is a snag—the circus attendance figures, marked on a graph, must remain above a certain number each week or Anya will lose the circus to someone whose identity is not disclosed to her. This person is really her Uncle Fedor, who is determined to get the circus at any price. By a trick, Fedor makes the High Fliers, the star act of the circus, walk out, and many of the audience stay away.

anya at ballet school

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Anya at Ballet School – Judy:  #63 (25 March 1961) – #93 (21 October 1961)
  • Reprinted –  Judy: #1073 (02 August 1980) – #1101 (14 February 1981)
  • Big Top Ballet – Judy: #130 (07 July 1962) – #146 (27 October 1962)

 

Princess of the Tower

Plot

Valerie Hall and her sisters, Edna and Jo. lived in Angel Tower,  a high rise block of flats built near Oakhill Estate. The people of Oakhill Estate, where Edna’s boyfriend, Greg Palmer, lived with his family, did not want high flats next to them. To try to cool down the situation, the council organised a contest to choose a Princess of the Tower — the girl who would do most to bring the two communities together. Val was putting on a concert to help the local Home for Crippled Children.  Val had made an enemy of Helen Wade, her closest rival in the contest.

Notes

  • Artist: Andrew Wilson

Appeared

  • Princess of the Tower – Mandy: #494 (03 July 1976) – #503 (4 September 1976)

Lonely Ballerina

Plot

Gwen Jones from Llandriffryn  in Wales had won a scholarship to the famous Slavonia Ballet School in Moscow. Her highly individual style appealed to some of the Slavonia authorities, but not to Madame Pruna, the ballet mistress, who was out to make life at the school unbearable —for Gwen. But when Gwen saw her first-ever stage performance of a ballet, she was determined to finish the ballet course.

Lonely ballerina

Notes

Appeared

  • Lonely Ballerina – Mandy: circa #42 (4 November 1967) – (?)

Holly at Starschool

Plot

Holly Hobson  was a pupil at The Caulton Internatonal Screen School which trained young people for careers in TV.  But Sophie Hoffton, her scheming room-mate had found out that Holly’s mother had been a famous TV star — a secret that only Holly and the Principal knew about.

holly-at-starschool

Notes

  • Artist: Guy Peeters

Appeared

  • Holly at Starschool – Nikki: #217 (15 April 1989) – #222 (20 May 1989)