Childhood memories

Jacquie Jones talks about her childhood memories.
Jacquie Jones talks about her childhood memories.
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Jacquie Jones, 39, from Portsmouth recalls some of her fondest memories.

My earliest memory is being in the front room of the first house I lived in. I remember playing with a very cute rag doll that belonged to my sister.

n How was school?

I went to infant and middle school in Buckland, Portsmouth, and enjoyed going. I did all my school work without any fuss but was very uncomfortable during PE and drama. I didn’t like anything where you had to stand up and be watched by others.

n What do you remember about your birthdays?

We always had birthday parties at home with loads of family coming round to celebrate. My mum is an identical twin, so our families were (and still are) very close. We played games such as ‘pass the parcel’ and I still have the pictures of us all wearing party hats. We had the traditional spread of little sandwiches, sausages on sticks, biscuits, sweets and, of course, cake.

n What did you get up to with your friends?

We were lucky to live in a close where there were hardly any cars, so from the age of seven I spent loads of time with my friends on the grass outside the house either riding our bikes or playing with Sindy dolls. My older sister and cousins would be there and we let my younger brother play if he brought his action man and tanks.

n Any clothes that stick out in your memory?

I remember making my first fashion statement at the beginning of my teens – a very bright orange/ yellow jumper, aqua marine trousers and bright yellow stilettos, complete with blue eyeshadow (it was the eighties). My sister and I wore identical outfits out on a Saturday and would soon break off the heels from these very high shoes. Mum used to take us to Charlotte’s in Commercial Road and let us buy and dress in all the latest fashions.

n What music did you listen to?

Nik Kershaw. I was in love with him (partly because I knew he was short, like me) and had posters on my bedroom wall.

n What was the naughtiest thing you did?

When I was 14 I had a boyfriend for about a year. My parents stopped me from seeing him and I remember throwing a paddy.