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Former model Patience Bradley's anger at being rubbished for Legs & Co story in her memoirs

By Stephanie Bell

A former Vogue model who launched a book about her life this week has been stunned by allegations she exaggerated claims about being a member of the famous Top of the Pops dance troupe Legs & Co.

Patience Bradley, who lives in Holywood, Co Down, enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous during a stint as a top model in London during her teens in the early 1980s.

In her memoirs Where Do You Go To My Lovely - launched on Monday - she writes about dancing with Legs & Co and was shocked last night when a former member of the group took to social media to rubbish her claims.

Writing on the website "One for the Boys" former Legs & Co member Sue Menhenick states: "Patience Bradley was never .... has never ....been in Legs and Co, either in cabaret with us or appearing on TOTPs."

Patience, who returned to Northern Ireland some years ago and lives a quiet life with her husband Ivor in Co Down, insisted that she did dance with Legs & Co and couldn't understand why Sue Menhenick had gone out of her way to say she hadn't.

She says: "I don't say that I was a member of Legs & Co, but I did dance with them a couple of times.

"I have no idea why she would do this. I did say that Pan's People were the better dance group; maybe she has taken offence at that.

"I don't want to cause any trouble. People can be terribly jealous and I don't know why.

"That was such a small part of my life and I never considered myself a member of Legs & Co - although I did dance with them twice and it's laughable - I just don't know why she is doing this.

"I would never want to take anything away from the group.

"I will say that they were a group of girls who did not get on the totally well together."

Patience enjoyed a few fascinating years in London as a teenager mixing in celebrity circles among many big names at the time, including actors Christopher Reeve, Oliver Reed and David Soul.

She also took part in a few iconic ad campaigns, including the Brutus "Get Your Jeans on" and Bounty Bar adverts.

There is much more to her book than her heady teenage days in London and in tomorrow's Belfast Telegraph she talks in detail about her life-long battle with eating disorders, the cruelty she suffered as a child at the hands of her father and her charity work in Northern Ireland.

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