Childhood memories with Robin Lander-Brinkley

Robin Lander-Brinkley
Robin Lander-Brinkley
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Robin Lander-Brinkley, who is 34 and lives in Southsea, has run his own PR and marketing agency, Maxwell Communications, for seven-and-a-half years.

What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I remember being lifted into a navy blue car seat in the back of my parents’ sky blue Citroën 2CV that was parked in the drive of the bungalow in Titchfield where we lived. It had four red straps which fastened with a catch at the front. I could not have been more than two years old.

How was school?

Great. I was very fortunate that my grandpa was able to send me to Portsmouth Grammar School where I got a great education that has been an immense support in my life. I enjoyed English, drama and French. Wasn’t too hot on maths or science, but I got there.

What did you get up to with your friends?

I was so busy – Cubs, then Scouts, swimming, horse riding, drama classes, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. Then there were parties and going to friends’ houses. Any free time I had was spent playing tennis or rounders in the road with the neighbours where we lived in Fareham.

What toys did you play with?

When I was little I loved Fabuland, which was like Lego, but with animal characters. Then I moved on to a construction toy that most people have never heard of called Linkits. I had a lot of Star Wars figures, Thundercats and also a few Care Bears.

What did you watch on TV?

As a child I loved Jim Henson’s shows – Sesame Street, the Muppet Show and Fraggles. In my teens, I was obsessed with Beverly Hills 90210 and desperately wanted to be Dylan McKay, played by Luke Perry.

What music did you listen to?

I had a crush on Keren Woodward from Bananarama. As a teenager, I was into R&B and loved bands like TLC, Destiny’s Child and Mis-teeq.

What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I only ever got into trouble for lying. One of the worst cases was when I stole a second bag of Quavers from the kitchen and blamed my sister Zoë.