There’s a story in Jordan Mooney’s 2019 book Defying Gravity (written with Cathi Unsworth) about going to see David Bowie at the Brighton Dome in 1973 during his Ziggy Stardust tour.

She’d queued up all night for tickets and then thought long and hard about what to wear on the big night – which turned out to be a Biba jacket, Oxford bags and towering gold platforms with her razor-cut hair coloured pink and red. ‘I don’t like to boast, but I looked so fucking good that night, it’s untrue.’

While the band were onstage, the young Jordan made her way down to the front and at an opportune moment showered the singer with a handful of cherry blossoms picked from a tree she’d climbed at the end of the street where she lived in her home town of Seaford. This was appropriate as the singer had recently been photographed in a Kansai Yamamoto satin suit that featured that flower.

As the petals fluttered down, Bowie leaned down and took the cherry blossom girl’s hand. During the rise and rise of Ziggymania, this must have been a staggeringly exciting moment for the teenager. He even asked if he could have her earring, which she’d fashioned out of a starling’s feather and some strategically placed pearls.

I’d guess that every other fan in the hall would have happily whipped it off and handed it over but she shook her head and told him, ‘No.’

And why should she just give something like that away just because it was Bowie doing the asking?

The next time the pair crossed paths was at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival. Bowie was hosting a swanky party to publicise Just A Gigolo, a film that Bowie would later describe in NME as, ‘my 32 Elvis Presley movies rolled into one.’ Jordan, meanwhile, was in town for a screening of Derek Jarman’s Jubilee, which was being being shown as part of International Critics’ Week.

This time round, she did agree to the request and he didn’t ask her for anything bar her presence.

Did she upstage him? Very probably, hence him pulling the face. I’d say Jordan 2 Bowie 0.

In Jubilee, Jordan played Amyl Nitrate, a part specially written for her by Jarman, the man who dubbed her ‘the original Sex Pistol’.

Here she is performing Rule Britannia – well, kind of, as it’s Suzi Pinns supplying the vocals – this supposedly being England’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest that year. And which would likely have scored nil points but never mind.

Jordan (Pamela Rooke): 23 June 1955 – 3 April 2022.