Childhood memories with Victoria Page

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

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Victoria Page is 38-years-old and is the headteacher of two Portsmouth schools – Langstone Infant School in Copnor, and Moorings Way Infants, in Milton. She’s lived in Portsmouth all her life. Here she recalls some of her fondest memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I remember going to Highland Road Cemetery in Southsea and walking around there with my grandmother, reading the gravestones and thinking about the past and what jobs they would have done.

I must have been about nine.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

We always went out for dinner at Fatty Arbuckles.

At the end they used to bring out massive ice creams with sparklers!

· How was school?

I had a wonderful childhood. I went to Wimborne Infant and Junior School and had a lovely time.

Then mum and dad moved me to Mayville in Southsea.

I had such a good time I now send my son there.

· What toys did you play with?

I was a crafty child and my grandmother taught me how to knit, sew and crochet.

I also used to play a game called Perfection, where you had to match shapes in the slots before the buzzer went off.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

I went to Brownies and Guides, lots of those types of things.

We would do the usual things like going round each other’s houses for tea.

· What did you watch on TV?

I remember Rentaghost, that was a good programme.

I used to watch Tiswas on a Saturday. I loved Tiswas!

· What music did you listen to?

I wasn’t hugely into music I have to say.

It would have been Boy George, the Pet Shop Boys, Bros and Wham! chucked in for good measure.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I had a phase of wearing ra-ra skirts, then the very long flowing skirts.

I never had my ears pierced, so I had clip-on earrings.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I used to have a black and white television in my room that I had to turn off at a certain time.

But I used to plug in my earphones, so I could stay up much later than I was supposed to.