Chirpy chirpy, not very ‘Cheap Cheap’….

jo grant, katy manning, middle of the road, mr freedom, olivia newton john, sally carr, seventies fashion

Thank you thank you thank you, lovely anonymous reader (please let me know your name or online ‘alter-ego’ so I can say thank you properly) who commented on the previous post with this amazing vintage spot.


Sally Carr from Middle of the Road, wearing the iconic Mr Freedom hotpant outfit. It also came with the knee length variation, as worn by Olivia Newton John.

It was also worn by Miss Peelpants favourite, Katy Manning (Jo Grant in Doctor Who) for a few publicity shots, although I have no idea if she was in the hotpant or baseball short variation.

It was clearly one of their most popular pieces, and does occasionally turn up at auction (with an appropriately hefty price tag). I have never owned the complete ensemble, but I do have a polka dot ‘skater’ dress with matching frilly knickers by Mr Freedom, which I must photograph and share very soon.

Thank you, also, for introducing me to Sally Carr as a potential style icon. I haven’t found many decent photos online just yet, but she does seem to be a hardened hotpant girl (which is to be admired, worshipped and generally cooed over).

4 thoughts on “Chirpy chirpy, not very ‘Cheap Cheap’….

  1. Oh golly! I’m glad you liked the video! Blush blush blush. My name’s Ellie, I’m an art student and part time 60s/ 70s geek of the cheesiest kind (as might be guessed of anyone who is a habituee of Youtube’s Middle of the Road vids!). I love your blog, it’s the only one I read, I think it’s fantastic! It’s so gladdening to see someone else wax lyrical about the things I love (for example, till you blogged about her I thought I was the only person in the world who had even heard of, never mind was in love with, Noosha Fox!)I have bought some things from you before: a pair of glammy shoes and a Laura Ashley dress, both lovely. Also, I strongly suspect that I was the underbidder for the Bus Stop naked-lady-print blouse that you’ve mentioned in your blog a couple of times, that’s assuming you bought it on ebay a few years ago (no hard feelings if you did!). So that’s me. And it seems crazy that you should be thanking me for linking you to one video, when you’ve turned me on to so many wonderful things!Vintage love,Ellie

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