Ina Shorrock

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(April 19, 1928 – February 10, 2021)

Ina Shorrock. Art by Eddie Jones from Waldo 1.

Ina Shorrock (née Picken) was a Liverpool fan who discovered fandom in 1950. Her first convention was the 1952 Eastercon, London SF Con.

She was a member of the Liverpool Group, and generally acted as a social director for Liverpool fandom. She belonged to the SFCoL and the BSFA (which she chaired). She was married to fellow fan Norman Shorrock.

Eric Bentcliffe described her in Waldo no. 1 (December 1959, p. 11):

Norman’s wife, and British fandom’s 'Hostess with the mostess'. Ina has superabundant energy, and a gift for making people both 'at home' and happy. She’s a Good Cook, the Mother Of Three, and one of tho most attractive femmes in fandom (both as regards looks and personality).

Almost every weekend, at least two or three fen will descend on the Shorrock household together with the local mob - Ina, it seems has the capacity to cope with almost anything at a moment’s notice, there's always plenty of food, drink and hospitality available and, somehow, she finds time to join in the festivities too.

Ina is an excellent Brag player, a good-jiver, quite a wit - and the best stripper this side of the Kansas City Burlesque...

Hell, if it wasn't for that bum Norman I'd have married her years ago!

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