Childhood memories

Dan Williams talks about his childhood memories.
Dan Williams talks about his childhood memories.

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Today artist Dan Williams, 32, from Gosport, talks about his childhood memories.

I think it was watching my mum ironing, my grandad had taken my brothers to the swimming baths but I was too young, so I had to stay at home.

n How was school?

School was alright really, I went to Brune Park in Gosport and just kept myself to myself and tried to keep out of trouble.

n What did you get up to with your friends?

The usual I guess. We used to make tree houses and den. There was a pond near the school that used to freeze over now and again and we’d go ice skating.

n What do you remember about your birthdays?

I remember going to a few of my friends’ birthdays. We’d go to McDonalds and they’d show us around and we’d got to look in the freezers. My birthdays have got a lot better as I’ve got older though.

n Any clothes that stick out in your memory?

Shell suits! I remember I caught on fire in one once round my mates house. I was in the front room by myself, leant on the fire guard and burnt my suit. I got out of there pretty quick leaving a terrible smell and some burning plastic on the guard.

n What music did you listen to?

Michael Jackson actually, but that sounds pretty bad. I moved on to Nirvana and Pearl Jam soon after.

n What TV programmes did you watch?

I used to like The Hulk, the proper one with Lou Ferrigno in it. Also Monkey Magic was excellent but a bit weird, it was about a Chinese monkey person who flies around on a cloud, and he had a mate who’s a pig, who I think was called Piggy.

n What sweets did you eat?

Fireballs were excellent, they’d burn your mouth off.

n What toys did you play with?

He-Man figures were great, I always wanted some ThunderCats figures, but I don’t think they ever made them.

n What was the naughtiest thing you did?

Me and some friends once kicked in a wasps’ nest in the woods and got stung. The teachers called an assembly to tell us not to kick wasps’ nests. We should have known that already really.