In Sydney Australia, hundreds of screaming, tearful girls fought police and one another in a struggle to catch a glimpse of the Bay City Rollers pop groups as they arrived from Brisbane.
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Background: In Sydney Australia, hundreds of screaming, tearful girls fought police and one another in a struggle to catch a glimpse of the Bay City Rollers pop groups as they arrived from Brisbane.
The fans, ranging in age from eight to 17 years, arrived at Sydney Airport terminal hours before to wait for the group.
By the time the Bay City Rollers' plane touched down, the crowd had swollen to 500 excited fans, stomping and shrieking in expectation. Believing the Rollers to be aboard one plane taxiing in, the fans surged to an observation window on the first floor of the terminal. Police has to link arms to prevent them breaking the glass and falling to the lower level.
As police tried to drag the girls away from the window, dozens fell sobbing to the ground. Police were kicked and abused as they tried to untangle the mass of screaming fans.
When the Rollers' plane came in late, the scene happened all over again. There was a stampede for another window and shrieking fans knocked aside members of the public in their scramble for vantage points.
The Rollers themselves missed the melee. They left the terminal quietly by a rear door. Later they held a press conference and answered questions from reporters and teenagers who were allowed in.