Childhood memories with Ruth White

Ruth White
Ruth White

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Ruth White is 50-year-old and lives in Southsea. Sheis the chief executive of the Rowans Hospice in Purbrook. Here she recalls some of her fondest memories.

· What is your earliest memory?

I was 18 months old and crawling along the floor at my grandparents’ house and I cut my eyebrow on the side of some furniture. I remember my grandma calling the doctor and mopping up blood whilst giving me canisters of tea, coffee, and sugar to play with. You can still see the scar today.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

My birthday is close to Christmas, on December 20, and my friend’s was a few days before, so we had a good excuse to party until New Year’s Day. We used to like going to big discos on the pier.

· How was school?

It was good. I became interested in biology and I knew I wanted to become a nurse from then on.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

When I started nursing, the doctors and nurses would ask my friends and I to find things for them, like a long stand. We’d go looking for it and end up standing around for hours, before coming back and feeling very silly and embarrassed. They’d also ask us to go and find things like the fallopian tubes!

· What toys did you play with?

I used to like ornaments, not Barbies or anything like that. I would like to get all the ornaments off the side and put them on the dinner wagon and act like it was a bus.

· What did you watch on television?

My mum and I loved the Hammer House of Horrors and I’d always watch Magpie instead of Blue Peter, and the old British comedies, they were brilliant.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I loved hot pants, I thought I was the bee’s knees. In my early teens, my mum also made me a yellow tartan Bay City Roller suit out of an old sheet.

· What music did you listen to?

Disco and dance tunes like Barry White and Donna Summer. I still love them today.

Today Ruth White, 50, from Southsea, turns back the clock

Each week we persuade a reader to recall some of their fondest childhood memories. Today it’s the turn of RUTH WHITE. The 50-year-old lives in Southsea and is the chief executive of the Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.