Childhood memories with Sally Cox

Sally Cox
Sally Cox
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Sally Cox, 34, in Southsea and runs Happy Hula Monkeys – an exercise class using hula hoops to increase fitness. Here she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I can remember loving the play-school I went to in Catherington. They had a good selection of toys and games and I can remember waiting for my turn to use the BIG tricycle. I’d never seen one like it before and it was amazing!

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

I can remember being allowed to have a few friends round for birthdays and we would dress up and play games. It was exciting to get extra presents.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

I used to be quite a tomboy so I was always climbing trees or playing ‘fox and hounds’ in the fields near to home. Those fields are all housing estates now.

· How was school?

My favourite school was middle/junior school. It seemed to be a very social time, before the stresses of exams.

· What did you watch on television?

I loved Button Moon and The Flumps.

· What toys did you play with?

I don’t remember ever having a hula hoop as a child. I didn’t get into that until I hit 30! I didn’t really play with toys as much as I was always out climbing trees or making dens. I did have a My Little Pony and despite being a tomboy I liked styling her hair/mane.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I can remember having lots of hand-me down clothes which never fitted and, in particular, a fetching pair of red flared dungarees. Lovely.

· What music did you listen to?

As a young kid, my music was heavily influenced by my older brother and sister and even my mum. So it was an eclectic mix of Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, Madness, The Housemartins and MGM musicals – lots of Singin’ in the Rain and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I can remember getting into big trouble when me and my cousin got caught playing with my mum’s make-up. It wasn’t just that it was all over us and we’d broken/used most of it, but we’d also got it all over my mum and dad’s bed sheets as we’d hidden under the sheets while we decorated ourselves!