Childhood memories with Zoe Hanson

Zoe Hanson
Zoe Hanson

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Zoe Hanson presents Zoe and Gillies at Breakfast on 103.2 Capital FM. Here the 28-year-old recalls some of her fondest memories.

· What is your earliest childhood memory?

Caravan holidays in Pagham when I was about three. My parents had a caravan there and all weekends and summer holidays were spent there. I remember going to the beach, cockling and heading off to the club house in the evening. I think that’s what started my love of entertainment.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

I remember my nan making me a doll cake with a massive dress and having friends round. We had some disco lights and a jukebox at home – even my parties at primary school were big.

· How was school?

I loved school. For me school was all about sports – hockey, netball, cross country running. When it came to sports day, my mates weren’t interested and put my name down for everything. Strangely still mates with them now. The academic stuff didn’t interest me that much but I had good teachers who made it fun. I also enjoyed drama classes, making up plays and little dances.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

My next door neighbour and I created the Dorset Way Nature Club. It only had us two as members and lasted about a fortnight. Our projects were making membership cards and badges, re-filling a leaking pond and coming up with passwords to get into HQ (my parents’ shed).

· What toys did you play with?

Sindy dolls were my favourite, with Hungry Hippos a close second.

· What music did you listen to?

I have always loved all music. My parents were into the Rolling Stones and so I’ve inherited that. Madonna was also always on the play list. We first got a jukebox in the house when I was about six because my parents had such big parties that they couldn’t be bothered to DJ. I always wanted to be at the party, not upstairs in bed. I’d listen and sing along upstairs.

· What did you watch on TV?

When very little, Rupert the Bear. I used to cry at the end of every episode. I had to be banned from watching the whole Grease film every morning before school. It’s still the best film ever in my opinion.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I had a frilly white shirt which I wore with cerise pink satin skin tight trousers that were like Sandy’s from Grease.