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Aylsham woman with thousands of dolls shares her favourite from her collection

07:00 02 June 2014

Susan Clipston

Susan Clipston's collection of Sindy dolls. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Susan Clipston is an Aylsham care worker, wife to husband Andrew and a collector of more than 3,000 dolls.

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Susan Clipston's collection of Sindy dolls. Susan's first and favourite doll.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYSusan Clipston's collection of Sindy dolls. Susan's first and favourite doll. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Here’s her pick of her favourite in her vast collection.

Mrs Clipston’s first and favourite doll is a ballerina Sindy doll made in 1974-75.

She said: “I loved it because the legs clicked and the ankles bent to make her into a proper ballerina.”

Susan Clipston's collection of Sindy dolls.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYSusan Clipston's collection of Sindy dolls. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

In 1980 ballerina Sindy was changed to wear a pink tutu.

Click here to read Mrs Clipston’s story

This doll with a black and white dress was a rare find for Mrs Clipston. She woke at 6am to bid for the lot on eBay.

She said: “When it came I was so pleased. It was like Christmas.”

Susan Clipston's collection of Sindy dolls.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYSusan Clipston's collection of Sindy dolls. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

This box is an original from the 1960s when doll boxes were made in the shape of a shoe box.

The pink doll on the left was designed by Princess Diana’s dress makers Emanuel. It is a 1985 high-society model.

Susan Clipston's collection of Sindy dolls.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYSusan Clipston's collection of Sindy dolls. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The designer created four outfits for Sindy doll, valuable today.

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