Childhood Memories with Toni Phillips

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

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Toni Phillips, 29, lives in Southsea and works as a voice-over artist and DJ for south coast radio station Capital. Here she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

Running up the hall at my nan’s house and splitting my forehead open. I’ve still got the scar. I was probably about three or four.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

I always had a party and remember that I wore princess-style floaty dresses with bells in the petticoats!

· How was school?

I loved the social side but not so much the work. I liked having an older brother a few years ahead of me when I finally went to big school.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

We used to pretend we were girl bands like the Spice Girls and All Saints and were always showing off!

· What toys did you play with?

Sylvanian Families, My Little Ponies, Care Bears and dolls. Basically anything girly. I even had pink Micro Machines for when I played with my brother.

· What music did you listen to?

Spice Girls. I was so cool and I used to get all the Now albums too!

· What did you watch on TV?

Mainly Top Of The Pops and SMTV with Ant and Dec.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

A little tartan skirt and a striped playsuit. I wish I still had that playsuit now. It would look well good – if it would still fit!

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

Naughty? Me?