Childhood memories with Natalie O’Hara

Natalie O'Hara
Natalie O'Hara
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Each week we persuade a reader to recall some of their fondest memories. Today it’s the turn of Natalie O’Hara. The 22-year-old lives in Copnor and works at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.

· What is your earliest childhood memory?

When I was four I played the bright star in the Nativity play at my local church on Christmas Eve. I had to walk around the whole church carrying a star in the air so Mary and Joseph could follow me to the stable. My sister played the angel Gabriel and my brother played a wise man.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

My birthday is at the end of July so I was always very glad that school had finished by then.

I have a big family and always had joint birthday parties with my two cousins. We had barbecues, bouncy castle parties, sleepovers and even a McDonald’s party.

· How was school?

I loved school. I had a big group of friends, some of who I still see now. I definitely wouldn’t describe myself as a teacher’s pet as I always talked through my lessons and never listened.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

My friends and I would make up dance routines and loved performing them at school. We would use our sister’s/mum’s make-up and give each other makeovers.

· What toys did you play with?

I always played with Barbies and would spend hours dressing them and styling their hair in different ways.

I also played with Polly Pockets and My Little Ponies. My favourite board games were Dream Phone and Cluedo.

· What did you watch on TV?

I loved watching Disney movies and still do. I also watched Sister Sister, Two of a Kind and my favourite was Sabrina the Teenage Witch

· What music did you listen to?

The Spice Girls – my friends and I would always learn all of the words and dance moves and then perform in front of our class at school. I was always Ginger Spice and refused to join in unless I could play her! I also listened to Bewitched, Steps, Backstreet Boys, N Sync and Boyzone.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I had a bright yellow rain coat and my mum and dad still have a picture on the wall of me wearing it outside our front door.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

When I was about three I took my mum’s hairdressing scissors out of her bag and cut my own fringe. My mum was not happy when she saw as I was booked in to have professional photos taken a week late.