Sunday, 31 January 2010
Yvonne Stagg, the first female owner of a Wall of Death. She started at the fairground as a rock seller and after riding the Wall on the handlebars she was hooked. She eventually rode on the one and only Tornado Smith's Wall at Kursaal in Southend. She ended up buying Tornado's Wall and took it to Dreamland in Margate where I saw it as a kid. At first she only had BSAs but eventually got her hands on an Indian Scout. Her life ended in controversy as her husband was convicted for stabbing her lover and she committed suicide in the New year of 1976/77 following a long battle with alcohol.