Childhood memories

Stephen Carter talks about his favourite childhood memories.
Stephen Carter talks about his favourite childhood memories.

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Stephen Carter talks about his fondest childhood memories. The 27-year-old is from Gosport.

When I was four I remember I had a magician at my birthday party and I had a tantrum because I wanted all the attention. I was given a brand new keyboard, a small one, and hit everybody on the head with it.

n What do you remember about your birthdays?

They were just normal birthdays. I had parties every now and again. We went bowling once and people used to come round. I have a twin brother so we celebrated together and had loads of people over.

n How was school?

I had a great group of friends and we tried to keep to ourselves. I used to hang around the stairwells at school. Cross country was horrible but I liked CDT (craft, design and technology) because it gave me a chance to be creative. Also, I once put salt instead of sugar into fairy cakes by accident.

n What did you get up to with your friends?

We used to climb trees and go roller skating. We also used to make carts out of wood and wheels. Me and my friends went to Cubs as well.

n What did you watch on television?

I watched Neighbours when I was younger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, He-man, The Racoons and Greenclaws – I loved that one. It was about a green monster doing some gardening.

n What music did you listen to?

Mainly Blondie, The Beatles and Sonia every now and then. My mum had a record that had Blondie’s Union City Blue on it and a song from Peter Gabriel that I loved. I used to stand in front of the radio saying ‘moomic’ instead of music.

n Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I had a shell suit and my brother had a matching one. We used to dress like each other. When I got my first pair of Adidas trainers I was really excited.

n What sweets did you eat?

Everything. I had those pink shrimps and pick n mix.

n What toys did you play with?

I used to get bored of toys but the Ghostbusters ones were good, as well as Manta Force Red Venom. I didn’t really have a favourite although I did like that keyboard and the Commodore 64. I had a puzzle game for the Commodore called Dizzy the Egg.