Each week we persuade a reader to recall some of their fondest childhood memories. Today it’s the turn of KAREN READ, 42, from Havant.
My earliest memory is my first day of primary school when I was five-years-old. I don’t remember a lot about it but I remember carrying a shoe bag that my grandmother had made for me. It had lots of things attached to it and my teacher, Mrs English, mistakenly thought it was lots of scissors.
n What do you remember about your birthdays?
I always used to look forward to opening all my presents and being made a fuss over. Having a birthday in August meant there was always nice weather so we used to spend the day outside playing games such as pin the tail on the donkey. My favourite present was a guitar which I had for my 10th birthday.
n What did you get up to with your friends?
We used to spend a lot of time on our bikes and playing in cornfields, trying to dodge the farmer so we wouldn’t get in trouble. When the corn was freshly cut we used to go there and make little straw houses.
I always used to come home at night and my eyes would be so sore and swollen from playing out all day as I had really bad hayfever. I was a lot freer than a lot of children these days, as we used to spend all day playing outside from quite a young age.
n What toys did you play with?
I was a bit of a tomboy so I used to play a lot of games like football and tennis. I also used to be out and about on my rollerskates quite a lot. I was a very active child. One of my favourite games was swing ball which I used to take delight in beating my younger sister at.
n What did you watch on TV?
I used to enjoy watching programmes like Blue Peter, The Magic Roundabout and I used to love The Clangers. Every Saturday I’d spend all morning sat on the sofa watching Swap Shop and my mother used to go berserk as I still used to be in my pyjamas at lunchtime.
n What music did you listen to?
When I was a lot younger I used to listen to the Bay City Rollers which I’m a bit embarrassed about admitting. As I got older I used to listen to Duran Duran and The Police. I used to have their posters all over my walls.
n What’s the naughtiest thing you did?
My friends and I used to play a game called ‘knockdown ginger’ which is where you knock on the doors then run away which was quite naughty.