RACHEL REID turns back the clock to recall some of her fondest childhood memories. The 34-year-old lives in Lovedean.
My first day at school. Being an August child I was probably only four. I remember waiting by the school gates with my mum in my uniform and my brother running around in his shorts and T-shirt and remember thinking why is he not coming too and will I see them again. I cried for ages that first morning as I thought I was going somewhere for being naughty.
n How was school?
Once I was in there I loved it! The first few years at school were all about discovery, but once you progressed, to what was then middle school, it got a little harder and there were purposes to lessons. I still remember very clearly the day we had to find ‘mini beasts’ around the playground.
n What do you remember about your birthdays?
Birthdays were all about pass the parcel, musical chairs and lots of food and cake. Birthdays as a child were an event you always looked forward to whether it was your own or a friend’s. Receiving that invitation was always a highlight.
n What did you get up to with your friends?
We mostly hung out together around each other’s houses or in the street that we lived.
n What did you watch on TV?
Favourite TV programmes growing up were Home & Away and Neighbours. I do remember watching Moomins and Record Breakers, but mostly it was Thundercats, He-Man or Ninja Turtles... that’s what you get for having a younger brother.
n What toys did you play with?
I had cupboards filled with My Little Ponies as I wanted every single one and I also loved my GirlsWorld.
n Any clothes that stick out in your memory?
My dungarees! Wow I used to love them!
n What music did you listen to?
I remember sitting next to the tape recorder every Sunday night when the charts were on, pausing when the DJ was talking or the adverts were playing and then listening to that same tape all week and going through the same process the following Sunday. The first record that I bought was Frankie by Sister Sledge.