Childhood memories with Ada Brodie

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Ada Brodie is 61-years-old and lives in Stubbington with her husband. For many years Ada ran her own business looking after people’s cats. Here she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories.

n What is your earliest memory?

Being at a friend’s birthday party, aged five, where everything imaginable at a party was there. I also remember going home crying because I wasn’t given any bread.

n What do you remember about your birthdays?

I remember being eight and going round the corner to where my Auntie Ethel lived and she gave me a whole penny.

n How was school?

I was born in Liverpool and remember being in primary school and being mesmerised by the piano player and the floppy lid on the piano. This fascination left me wanting to play the piano, which I did when I was older. I also remember not enjoying needlework or art when at senior school.

n What did you get up to with your friends?

I was part of an all girl’s Morris dancing group. We used to tour northern England and I remember wearing the pom-poms and bells.

I also took part in talent competitions, played the piano, sang and danced when I was in my early teens.

n What did you watch on television?

I didn’t watch any TV until I was 11 as my mother was unable to afford a television. But when I did get to watch the black-and-white TV, I enjoyed watching Alfred Hitchcock and Beat The Clock, which were both on Saturdays.

n What music did you listen to?

I was a huge Beatles fan and would listen to anything to do with the 1960s and rock and roll. Cliff Richard was my idol.

n What toys did you play with?

I hardly had any toys as my mother had 10 kids. But I remember my favourites were my skates, bike and a walkie-talkie that my dad gave to me. I remember being given a new bike one year for Christmas and I adored it.

n What sweets did you eat?

I’d buy sherbet, liquorice and my favourite green lollies.

n What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I remember starting up my own children’s club in the spare room of our house. It was called Cheery Chum’s Club and I’d run it every Tuesday evening after rounding all the kids up from my street. I’d ban members from the club and refuse even my family entry into the spare room when I was running the club.