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Patsy was Teacher's Pet. Or at least, she thought
In reality, she was the biggest darned nuisance a
could have. She was forever running amok, interfering
lessons, following teacher around town, and causing
affray. All she wanted was to get in Teacher's
And all she would normally receive was a bloomin'
thrashing, caning or spanking -
metered out by her own
Patsy's long-suffering teacher was simply known
"Miss". Though one might criticise the
level of violence she
wielded upon her pupil, it has to be said, Patsy
that she received. The gal ruined school trips, film
shows, gym class, and swimming classes. She pursued
her quarry into shops, ruined her Samba lessons,
interfered with her Christmas plans. "Miss"
to keep her at bay with a guard dog, and even
disguises to evade her young charge.
Patsy was certainly thorough. She also enraged her
classmates with her behaviour, which would often heap
trouble upon them all.
They'd take great delight in Patsy's
comeuppance, and would even conspire with "Miss"
see the gal got fair punishment!
In spite of everything, Patsy still had her uses. "Miss"
a particular penchant for arriving late to school, so
helped gee her along on a number of occasions.
Unbelievably, our Patsy once had a rival for her
In the strip from 18th November 1972, a blonde
Jessie took her on at her own game - and won!
But the biggest winners of all were us Cor!! readers,
because this was a classic strip, drawn throughout
run by Norman Mansbridge. "Miss" was
a beanpole of a
woman who looked
like an older Fuss Pot, but
nearly so po-faced. She was a busy single girl
in fact, always venturing out to social events
embarking on new hobbies.
As for Patsy, well, she was a prissy pantalooned Princess.
Norman Mansbridge could draw fantastic brats.
was the best - like Violet Elizabeth Bott from
The end panels with Patsy taking flight or taking her
punishment were priceless...
Identifying Patsy's classmates is tricky. Though
were namechecked over the years, they semed to
Take the lad above, conspiring with Teacher. His
might be Smiffy, Jimmy, Billy, James or Fred,
he was addressed by all four during the strip's
Similarly there's Mavis Wilkie, also known as
And at various points we met Mabel,
and Tubby Thomas - the latter being a huge lad who
appeared in class just once.
The confusion continues up into the Head's office.
1972 we met the school's Headmistress. But in
had become a Headmaster!