Childhood memories

Nicki Baker
Nicki Baker

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Nicki Baker, 47, lives in Portsmouth and will take part in this year’s Blue Day by flying a plane over Front Lawn Junior School, in Leigh Park, on May 6 to raise money for The Tom Prince Cancer Trust. Here she recalls some of their fondest childhood memories.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

Sitting my teddies and dolls in rows and calling a register at the age of four. My teaching career had begun! I also remember trying to teach maths on a small chalk board.

How was school?

I have very fond memories of my primary school years. Learning was very creative and a lot of it took place outside in the school grounds. I had a wonderful group of friends.

What did you get up to with your friends?

We spent all day outside, playing in the woods, making dens, horse riding and swimming.

We would leave after breakfast and not return until tea time.

What do you remember about your birthdays?

We always had house parties to celebrate birthdays with traditional games like postman’s knock, pass the parcel and musical chairs.

Food usually involved jelly and ice cream and always included a homemade cake by mum.

Any clothes that stick out in your memory?

Very bright and usually clashing clothes were worn.

I remember that I had a pair of red, blue and yellow patent T-Bar shoes and a yellow furry jacket.

What music did you listen to?

Bay City Rollers, David Cassidy and Donny Osmond.

What did you watch on TV?

There were loads but I particularly remember watching Play School, Magpie, Crackerjack and How.

Favourite sweets?

Black Jacks, Fruit Salads, Parma Violets and other penny sweets.

What toys did you play with?

Sindy dolls – I couldn’t afford Barbie – teddies, chalk boards and art sets.

I used to fly the kites that my dad made. My sister and I would run up and down flying them with him.

What was the naughtiest thing you did?

The only thing I can think of is playing kiss chase in the playground.