Who are the subjects in the iconic "Skinhead girls, Bank Holiday, Brighton 1980" photo by Derek Ridgers used in Morrissey's 1992 "Your Arsenal" tour as a backdrop and merchandise (t-shirt, program cover)? Finally we know - Caroline and Debbie. Both were together recently and surprisingly, both learned just last weekend (Aug. 2016) about the use of the photo on Morrissey's tour 24 years ago.
Debbie writes through emails:
I am one of the skinhead girls in the photo as I have just found out my picture was used... Caroline on the left, I'm on the right (in both 1980 and 2016 photos, below). She moved to Australia and was over last weekend. That's when we found out via Google about the photo, such a shock but a nice one. Eyes nearly popped out when we saw the huge backdrop of us.
I have been in touch with Derek, he is sending us a photo as we never got one. Sent him a photo of what we look like now and he thinks we haven't changed (well, longer hair and older). Does anyone have any tour mementos?
Caroline lives in Perth, Australia, is married with 3 children and also a granny.
I live in Surrey, married, with 1 son and work in community nursing.
We was both wild when young, me being the worst as my mum tells me.
- Skinhead Girls - ‘Your Arsenal’ tour image taken by Derek Ridgers for sale - Nov. 16, 2010
- Derek Ridgers talks about the skinhead girls photograph in detail - June 7, 2010