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.