Childhood memories with Michelle Dobson

Michelle Dobson
Michelle Dobson

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Michelle Dobson, from Purbrook, successfully lost more than a stone in weight and now she’s become a consultant for Slimming World and will take over the running of its group in Westbourne from tomorrow. The group meets at the Westbourne Club, in River Street, on Wednesdays. Here the 50-year-old recalls some of their fondest memories.

· What is your earliest childhood memory?

We lived in London when I was very young and I remember going to Tooting Bec common with my mum.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

Despite my birthday being in April, I always remember that day as being warm and sunny. I remember primroses being out in the garden.

· How was school?

It was OK. I really didn’t like maths or PE – who does? I had no particular favourite subject – if I had to have one it was either English or cookery. But generally my memories of school are good ones.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

I had a black-and-white pony called Tonto, so spent most of my time out riding with my friends.

· What toys did you play with?

I especially remember my Tiny Tears and Sindy dolls – and I also remember the doll’s house which my dad made for me.

· What did you watch on TV?

I didn’t watch a lot of TV so nothing particular comes to mind, except perhaps Blue Peter and the Woodentops when I was very young.

· What music did you listen to?

The usual teeny-bopper stuff – Bay City Rollers, Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and David Essex! I also liked Slade and Marc Bolan.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

Clothes in the 1970s are best not remembered really! I do remember wearing huge flares and smock tops plus platform shoes with big wedges. One thing I remember having was a blue and red bomber jacket. It came from a shop in Portsmouth’s old Tricorn centre. My best friend had one as well – we looked like a pair of book ends when we went out.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I was never naughty!