Childhood memories with Sue McDermott

Sue McDermott
Sue McDermott

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Sue McDermott, 57, lives in Baffins, Portsmouth and on July 28 she’s organising a charity craft day in aid of Help for Heroes.

The event costs £15 and runs from 10am until 4pm, with lunch and drinks included. Pre-booking is essential by emailing Sue at Here she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories.

n What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I can remember being on holiday in my dad’s little van and being at the bottom of a very steep hill. I was about three and we were in Minehead.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

Birthdays were very special. We always had a party and I always had a new party dress and shoes to wear. Birthdays and Christmases were big occasions.

· How was school?

I went to the local primary in Clanfield. I had a fear of snakes – still do – and I remember very clearly someone bringing a dead adder into school. It seemed to me that it was about 10ft long. Secondary school was okay. We were the first year to go to the new secondary school in Crookhorn and I can remember going on the bus. I’ve always enjoyed sewing but I was told I wasn’t creative because I was no good at painting.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

Because we lived out in the village, a lot of my friends didn’t live nearby. But my grandparents had a local farm and so we used to play out in the fields a lot. I remember being outdoors and we used to go camping.

· What did you watch on television?

Blue Peter, The Woodentops and Muffin the Mule. We had TV quite early on and I can remember seeing The Beatles for the first time. I was quite young at the time but it was obvious they were something quite special.

· What toys did you play with?

I always wanted a pair of fairy wings and was thrilled when my dad and his friend made me a pair. I had a scooter, which I loved, and a three-wheeled trike.

· What music did you listen to?

Queen, Rod Stewart and Elvis.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I had a petrol blue suit and long white boots and thought I looked the bee’s knees and the cat’s whiskers.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

Going out in a skirt that my dad said was too short. He told me to change so I put a longer one on over the top and changed when I got round the corner.