Childhood memories with Tim Coles

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

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Tim Coles, 23, lives in Southsea and works as a personal instructor. Tim runs a new outdoor workout session on the common near the Royal Garrison Church on Sundays. Here he recalls some of his fondest childhood memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

My earliest memory is of painting in nursery. The carers gave us straws to blow paint onto paper and create patterns, but I thought it might be a good idea to suck it up the straw instead. It was messy, horrid tasting and blue.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

I remember getting excited about presents and imagining all the awesome things I’d be doing for my trip out.

As I got into my teens it was all about getting one year closer to 18!

· How was school?

I enjoyed school. I had a lot of laughs and made a lot of friends.

The best moments were always school trips and getting up to all kinds of mischief. It’s a shame I have to be responsible now.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

As a young boy my friends and I would play in the fields behind our house. There were horses roaming all over the place and all sorts of places to make dens.

We would spend hours making bases and playing war games out there.

· What did you watch on television?

I used to love ‘ZZZap!’. It was this surreal kids’ programme about wacky comic book characters and clever puzzles.

· What toys did you play with?

When I was little I never had a lot of interest in music. As I got into my teens I was really into rock and metal like The Haunted and Nirvana. I was forever in the Wedgewood Rooms getting into the pit at gigs.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

My Spiderman pyjamas. They were pyjamas, but I wore them everywhere. Why save such a cool costume for home?

· What toys did you play with?

Mighty Max, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, model railways and all the other stuff boys like to play around with.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I knocked my brother into a patch of stinging nettles. I can’t remember if it was deliberate, it might have been... we were always fighting over something!