Childhood memories with Jim Harbridge

Jim Harbridge
Jim Harbridge
The wooden chalets overlooking the lake at Butlins , Minehead

TRAVEL: A nod to the past but an eye on the future at Butlin’s

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Jim Harbridge, 34, lives in Southsea and runs the Riverford Organic franchise for Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. His team delivers boxes of fresh organic produce to local people. Here he recalls some of his fondest childhood memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I must have been about three. I fell off a tricycle at playschool and cut my head open and my parents had to collect me. I am quite accident prone so this was probably the shape of things to come!

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

I remember magicians and kids’ entertainers at my early birthday parties, and lots of cake and jelly of course. I also remember one year my dad took me to Wembley to watch England. Gazza played and we won 4-0 I think. That was absolutely brilliant.

· How was school?

School was pretty good. Meeting up with your mates every day and getting to play sport at lunch and break times was great. I was keener on the creative subjects and languages so found maths and science a bit of a chore though.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

Off out on our BMXs to the park usually. I was obsessed with football so we’d play that at any opportunity, jumpers for goalposts etc. I still play now although I don’t think I ever got any better (but I did get an awful lot slower).

· What did you watch on TV?

Chock-a-Block rings a bell with me. The presenter used to drive around on a forklift truck? I liked Grange Hill although I think it was banned in our house for a while – that maybe explains why I liked it!

· What music did you listen to?

There is a picture of me aged five or so cleaning the car with an Adam Ant tour T-shirt on and I used to try and copy the dance moves apparently. When I got older I was a massive Stone Roses fan. Great to see them reform recently but makes me feel old.

· What toys did you play with?

Scalextric was a big hit with me although the headlights on my Porsche were always breaking. Also loved Subbuteo and the cricket equivalent, Test Match I think it was called.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

Nothing too dreadful I hope. I think I smashed a few windows with cricket balls and footballs in my time. Sorry neighbours!