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Alex Withers recalls some of his fondest childhood memories
Alex Withers recalls some of his fondest childhood memories
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Alex Withers, 24, from Gosport, recalls some of his fondest childhood memories.

What is your earliest memory?

When I was four I tripped over on the road outside my local Chinese takeaway and hit my head on the kerb. I had to have six stitches.

How was school?

It was OK. I went to a private school and we were arranged into very small classes so we all knew each other. We had an old-fashioned uniform with pulled-up socks.

What did you get up to with your friends?

We weren’t allowed to play ball games at school because the younger children might have been hurt. We used to play all the crazes like Pogs and trading cards though and tag. As we weren’t allowed to play ball games some people played imaginary football. It was weird seeing them kick the air.

What do you remember about your birthdays?

I always used to have a cake made by my mum. Once I had a swimming pool party and my brother had chicken pox and gave it to everybody.

Any clothes that stick out in your memory?

I used to have an orange shirt that I quite liked. When it got too small I was quite sad. I also had a pair of sandals that were stolen by a fox. They went missing and I was walking down the road and saw them ruined.

What music did you listen to?

It was mainly cheesy pop stuff when I was a kid. I didn’t really get into music until I was older. I think the first CD I bought was Gangster’s Paradise by Coolio.

What TV programmes did you watch?

Fireman Sam, Blue Peter, Animals of Farthing Wood, Postman Pat and Thomas the Tank Engine.

What sweets did you eat?

I used to have those bracelet things, the ones that you could wear around your wrist and I ate Refreshers as well.

What toys did you play with?

I played with lots and lots of LEGO and also Playmobil. I had the cowboy set and an ambulance set.

What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I was quite a good boy but there was this one time, I was playing behind the greenhouse and there were lots of stones. I was throwing them about and one hit a pane of glass and smashed it. When my parents wondered what had happened I just kept quiet.