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Newspapers, including The Sun, on sale in a newsagent in north London, after a topless woman appeared on Page 3 of The Sun newspaper for the first time in almost a week, bringing to an end speculation that the paper had dropped the long-running feature. Photo: PA

Newspapers, including The Sun, on sale in a newsagent in north London, after a topless woman appeared on Page 3 of The Sun newspaper for the first time in almost a week, bringing to an end speculation that the paper had dropped the long-running feature. Photo: PA

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Newspapers, including The Sun, on sale in a newsagent in north London, after a topless woman appeared on Page 3 of The Sun newspaper for the first time in almost a week, bringing to an end speculation that the paper had dropped the long-running feature. Photo: PA

The demise of bare Page 3 breasts has been greatly exaggerated, a defiant 'Sun' newspaper has declared, in a move calculated to rile feminists.

Anti-Page 3 campaigners were dismayed to discover yesterday's edition of 'The Sun' once again featured a winking model - Nicole (22), from Bournemouth - wearing a huge smile on her face but nothing to cover her modesty.

It followed several days of silence from the paper on the future of Page 3 following the categorical assurance from 'The Times', its News Corp stablemate, that the topless feature was being dropped after 44 years. In typically cheeky fashion, 'The Sun' admitted to "a mammary lapse" on the cover and, publishing the model's picture under the headline "clarifications and corrections," poked fun at media outlets who had spent "the last two days talking and writing about us".

Campaigners, however, were appalled by the move. The Labour MP, Stella Creasy, tweeted that it was a "bit like drunken letchy uncle at a wedding who doesn't get the message. Makes everyone uncomfortable". The No More Page 3 campaign issued a fresh demand to editor David Dins more to: "Stop showing topless pictures of young women in Britain's most widely read newspaper, stop conditioning your readers to view women as sex objects." (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent