Erica Roe

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Erika Roe (1957-), also known as the Twickenham Streaker, is remembered for a topless run across the pitch of Twickenham Stadium during an England vs. Australia rugby union match on 2 January 1982. It has been described by the BBC as "perhaps the most famous of all streaks".[1] Roe, who later claimed to have been inspired by alcohol, ran onto the field during half time, exposing her 40-inch bosom.[2] Roe and the friend who joined her streak (Sarah Bennett)[3] were corralled by police officers on the field, one of whom covered Roe's chest with his helmet while leading her off the field.[4]

While Roe was not the first or the last streaker at an athletic event, in 2007 The Independent of London declared that her "memorable" streak made her a suitable icon to represent all such streakers in their article on sports interruptions.[5] The event prompted Manchester Confidential to dub her "the most famous British streaker".[6]

Roe's continuing notoriety saw her appear on the nostalgic British TV programmes After They Were Famous (1999) and 80s Mania (2001).[7][8]

She was working at that time in a bookstore in Petersfield, Hampshire, but moved with her husband and children to Portugal to become an organic farmer of sweet potatoes.[4]

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  1. ^ Bare without a care. BBC (6 August 2000). Accessed 3 October 2007.
  2. ^ Where are they now? Scotland on Sunday (26 August 2007). Accessed 3 October 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.interestingfacts.org.uk/sport/first-streaker-at-a-rugby-match
  4. ^ a b 100 most memorable sporting moments: 71-90, The Observer. (4 February 2001) Accessed 13 March 2011.
  5. ^ Viner, Brian. (7 July 2007). Wimbledon washout brings memories of some barefaced interruptions. The Independent (London). Accessed 3 October 2007.
  6. ^ Streak of peace. Manchester Confidential. Accessed 3 October 2007.
  7. ^ "After They Were Famous" Episode #2.3 (2000)
  8. ^ 80s Mania (2001) (TV)