Memories

Ryan Walsh talks about his childhood memories.
Ryan Walsh talks about his childhood memories.
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Ryan Walsh, 28, who lives in Portsmouth and took part in Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon to raise money for charity CCHF All About The Kids tell us about his childhood memories.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

It would be playing football with my older brother. We played every day and I learnt to walk quickly because we were quite competitive.

How was school?

I loved it and had a brilliant time. I remember hanging around with friends and playing football on the playground with cans and bottle lids.

What did you get up to with your friends?

Football again, every single day of the holidays we played it, and cricket. We also used to do all the boy things like climb trees.

What do you remember about your birthdays?

My birthday is on the same day as my brother’s and he is two years older than me. We used to have people come round and sometimes our parents took us out.

Any clothes that stick out in your memory?

Probably my first football shirt. It was a hand-me-down from my cousin. It was a red Liverpool shirt and Crown Paints was the sponsor on the front.

What music did you listen to?

When I was very young I liked Michael Jackson and other pop music. As I got older I became more interested in rock music like REM and Nirvana. My brother was obsessed with Michael Jackson. I followed his taste and we had all the videos and tried all the dances.

What TV programmes did you watch?

It was Grange Hill, Byker Grove, Newsround and whatever was on the children’s channels. But what stands out most is probably Saved By The Bell. It was on every day in the holidays and we watched it religiously.

What sweets did you eat?

Things like Chomp bars and 10p sweets.

What toys did you play with?

I had my football, obviously. As well as that I played with WWF wrestling figures and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures. Again my brother had them and I just played with them.

What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I stupidly volunteered to climb through a window and have people pass their lunch boxes to me at primary school.

On the way out I was caught and punished quite badly.