Sammie Roden, who is 34 and lives in Hilsea, was inspired to become a Slimming World consultant after her own weight loss journey. She now runs a group every Tuesday at St Saviour’s Church in Stamshaw. Here she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
I can remember sitting on my grandfather’s knee and him placing a paperweight into my hands that had red and blue tiny squares on the inside. He sadly died by the time I was five but even to this day I still love paperweights and the feel of them in my hands as if holding a rare, special, gem.
What do you remember about your birthdays?
Amazing cakes! My mum had a friend who made them as a hobby and my sister and I had the most incredible themed cakes, from Hansel and Gretel houses, to spooky Halloween cakes.
How was school?
School for me was a lot of fun and I made some amazing friends who are still my closest friends 20-plus years later. English literature was my favourite subject, followed closely by science... although me and Bunsen burners were not always a good mix.
What did you get up to with your friends?
I was hardly ever in as a child, if it was still light outside then I would be out playing with my friends. After a certain time I knew I had to be back around the area of our house so that when it was teatime my mum could call out the back to let us know it was ready.
What toys did you play with?
Pogo balls were so much fun. I also liked playing with my cousin George’s Star War figures. He had a massive collection and will curse me for saying this but when ever we played with them I couldn’t be R2-D2 or Chewbaca, I always had to be Princess Leia.
What did you watch on television?
Trap Door, The Wonder Years, Hartbeat, The Littlest Hobo. My absolute favourites were Inspector Gadget, Danger Mouse, and The Story Teller.
What music did you listen to?
I loved listening to current trends at the time such a Robin Beck, Tiffany and Madonna but I also loved Fleetwood Mac, Alison Moyet, and Bon Jovi.
Any clothes that stand out in your memory?
I do remember a pair of really warm gloves that used to be on a string that went through the arms of my coat. Also a pair of purple ear muffs that I absolutely loved.