Childhood memories with Paul Gillies

Paul Gillies
Paul Gillies
Craig Jenkins and his son Graham at HMS Sultan  Picture: PO Phot Nicola Harper

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Paul Gillies, 29, is the Capital FM breakfast show host which broadcasts from Segensworth every weekday morning. Here he recalls some of his fondest childhood memories.

· What is your earliest memory?

It was getting a purple bike called a ‘Budgie’ delivered on the back of a pick-up truck. I ran round the back as I didn’t like the man who delivered it for some reason. I was four – am I supposed to be able to remember things before that? I’m worried I’m abnormal.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

I remember that one year I asked my mum if my friends could go home. I’d had enough of playing with them.

· How was school?

School was good, I’ve always liked learning things. I do remember the games teacher broke my nose once whilst demonstrating how to do a rugby tackle. I didn’t dare cry because I didn’t want to look silly in front of the bigger boys.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

I used to go on bike rides and build dens. When I got to 12, I started charging friends to come to a disco in my garden or bedroom. They soon stopped popping round.

· What toys did you play with?

I loved LEGO and train sets. My mates had cool, radio-controlled cars that they had built with their dads, but they used to laugh at mine. My Nana bought it for my birthday, bless. But unfortunately the remote control was attached to the car by a one-metre long cable, so whilst my friend’s cars were whizzing around miles away, I had to walk behind my car.

· What did you watch on television?

The Poddington Peas, Rainbow, The Flumps and Grange Hill – which seemed like the best school ever.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

Yes, I copied an outfit I saw Judd Nelson wearing in The Breakfast Club. I used to watch that film almost daily and have no idea why. Unfortunately, Judd looked rather cool and I looked like a fool. My cheap, red, check shirt came from Camden market and was much too big. I also tied a red bandana around my ankle until a stranger stopped me on the street to tell me I’d dropped my hanky.

· What music did you listen to?

Anything I thought would make me look cool like The Doors, The Smiths and Cure records, as well as people like Blur and the Manic Street Preachers. But I secretly preferred chart music and had to play it when I DJ’d at the weekend.