Each week we persuade a reader to recall some of their fondest memories. Today it’s the turn of Alison Wearn. The 32-year-old landlady has worked at the Lawrence Arms in Southsea for 11 years and has been in charge for the past two. The pub is fast approaching its 125th birthday and Alison is busy planning a celebration weekend.
· What is your earliest childhood memory?
I would have been about four and It was raining. The boy next door and I were playing in the garden, trying to catch the raindrops.
· What do you remember about your birthdays?
On my sixth birthday I had some really pretty pink patent shoes. My friends and I climbed a brick wall and I got in trouble because I scuffed the fronts of my new shoes.
· How was school?
My school was alright really. I went to a secondary school in Guernsey and they still had the 11-plus, which I passed, so I went to a grammar school.
· What toys did you play with?
I was a real tomboy, always out in the garden digging up stuff and playing with cars. I always wanted a Scalextric for Christmas.
I had a Dukes of Hazzard car which was my prize possession.
· What did you get up to with your friends?
We went to the beach. In Guernsey there’s a big stretch down by the beach which we would ride our bikes along.
· What did you watch on TV?
I used to watch a lot of TV with my dad – things like WWF wrestling, the A-Team and Columbo.
Because of him, I grew up liking all-male TV.
· What music did you listen to?
I used to listen to the Chart Show every week.
I used to tape it and listen back to it on a cassette player in my room.
I quite liked Madonna. At the end of the 1980s she was really famous.
· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?
I remember when Neighbours brought out a range of clothing. It was when Kylie and Jason were in it and I was chuffed to bits to get some of their clothes for Christmas.
I also had a pink shell suit. I think I only wore it once and then we learnt it was flammable so I only wore the top after that.
· What was the naughtiest thing you did?
When I was at primary school, I remember that I really wanted to have a pair of glasses. During an eye test organised by the school I lied, hoping to get a pair. Somehow my mother found out and I was made to do the test again. I was really disappointed as it showed that I didn’t need glasses.