Childhood memories with Tom Rolfe

Tom Rolfe
Tom Rolfe

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Tom Rolfe, 20, lives in Stamshaw, Portsmouth, and has just started his own plastering, painting and decorating business, Rolfe Interior Finishes. Here he recalls some of his fondest childhood memories

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I remember being three years old and counting down the days to my fourth birthday. I would tell everyone – family, friends, neighbours and basically anyone I saw.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

Sometimes I went to the cinema with friends, but I remember one particular party when I was seven or eight. It was in a hall at the end of our road. There was music and my mates from school and I wore a Chelsea Football Club shirt. My mum made a brilliant cake that was a cave with sweets both inside and all over it.

· How was school?

I enjoyed seeing my mates, but school was pretty tough for me. The best thing I did was a pre-16 construction course at Highbury College where I learnt I had a talent for plastering and painting. I took further qualifications and it is thanks to that I now have the business I do.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

Played football (we had a team that played at Roko) went to each other’s houses, the cinema and played pool.

· What toys did you play with?

I loved Scalextric and played with Buzz, Woody and Slinky toys from Toy Story. As I got older I played on the Playstation and Xbox. I went through a stage of collecting Ty Bears because someone told me they might be worth something one day.

· What did you watch on TV?

The Simpsons and from an early age I watched Formula 1 racing, which I still love today.

· What music did you listen to?

Any sort of rap: my favourites were Ja Rule, 50 Cent and The Game.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I had loads of football shirts including a Tottenham shirt, England shirt with Owen on the back (don’t know why, as he was never my favourite) and two Chelsea shirts.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I once cut the inner tube of an old bike tyre and tied it between two branches of a tree. My older brother, Ben, and I were playing with it, until we misjudged the launch of a golf ball, which hit a wall we were trying to avoid and it smashed through the neighbour’s window. We bolted upstairs to pretend we’d been on the computer, but after the neighbours spoke to mum, we were in trouble.