Childhood memories with Chloe Clark

Chloe Clark
Chloe Clark
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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

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Chloe Clark, 21, lives in Southsea and is a student at the University of Portsmouth. She’s currently on work placement at the Kings Theatre. Here she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I’ll never forget this one as it traumatised me forever. My parents had a caravan so we’d go away to various places with the family and this particular time we were in Blackpool and my dad was teaching me how to ride my bike. I was about seven or eight and I was off...and landed in a huge bush of stinging nettles. Ouch!

When I look back I was probably being a bit of a drama queen.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

When I was little I’d usually have my parties at a local community centre and my parents would invite all my friends from school. We’d have cake and nibbles, dance to songs by the Spice Girls and a magician would always astound me.

· How was school?

My school years were amazing. At senior school I was very naughty. Halfway through Year 10 something clicked in my head and I started being a good girl, getting on with my work and mainly staying out of trouble.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

We’d completely take over the lounge by getting huge sheets out to make tents (and probably a huge mess!). Rollerblading was a big thing as well. We’d go up and down the street, Barbies in hand.

· What toys did you play with?

Barbies – I could not get enough of them! I used to have a green toy car that I’d sit my Barbie in. When I pressed the horn it would say ‘Honk honk, hi Ken’.

I also had lots of dolls that I’d sit all the way up the stairs playing buses with. If anyone wanted to get up the stairs they’d need a ticket.

· What did you watch on TV?

Nickelodeon. It’s the only channel I really remember watching.

· What music did you listen to?

I used to love the big ballads. Me and my mum used to shake our heads up and down and dance all around the room to Meat Loaf songs.

I also loved Celine Dion, especially My Heart Will Go On because of the film Titanic.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I used to love dressing up…still do! I wore my mum and nan’s clothes all the time.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

One of my friends lived two doors away and we once chucked bottles into her neighbour’s garden. They all broke and we both denied it.