Childhood memories with Pete Brewer

Pete Brewer who has non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and is raising awareness of the disease
Pete Brewer who has non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and is raising awareness of the disease

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Pete Brewer, who is 66, lives in Cowplain and helped set up the Portsmouth Friends of Lymphoma group.

Before retiring last year, Pete worked for his family business, Brewers Estate Agents.

What’s your earliest childhood memory?

My earliest childhood memory was my mum having twins at the age of 41 when I was 11. I had a brother and a sister. Bearing in mind you didn’t talk about things like that in those days, it was a bit of a shock. They were born at home and no-one was expecting twins.

What do you remember about your birthdays?

This was the 1940s, not long after the war had ended, so a jam sandwich and a cup of tea was about as much as we got. I never remember there being much of a hoo-ha.

How was school?

I started off at Portsdown School in Wymering and then we moved to Paulsgrove so I went to junior and secondary school there.

I hated school. I was a bit of a rebel and I didn’t enjoy it at all. The only thing I enjoyed was landscape gardening and boxing but I’ve done all right.

What did you get up to with your friends?

I got the degree of life and we had to wheel and deal to survive. The money wasn’t there to do much else but we were happy.

What did you watch on TV?

I can remember The Woodentops and Bill and Ben. We didn’t have TV for years and when we did it was black and white. It was only on for a few hours a day. I remember watching us win the World Cup in 1966 on a black and white TV.

What music did you listen to?

I loved the music of the 1960s. I liked all sorts. I was a big fan of Frank Sinatra and still am and I liked The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Troggs.

Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

All the clothes of the ‘60s – no collars on the jackets and things like that. We’d get our suits made for us in those days and we’d go to a tailor in Commercial Road on a Friday to put a 10 bob down-payment on our next suit.

What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I do remember ducking over to the Isle of Wight one year for the music festival.

Me and my mate didn’t tell anyone and jumped on the ferry without paying because there was a lot of pushing and shoving. We couldn’t afford a ticket so we slept on the beach and listened to the music for a few days.