Childhood memories with Jean Evans

Jean Evans
Jean Evans
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Jean Evans, 79, lives in Southsea and works as a volunteer at the Kings Theatre. Here she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories

What is your earliest memory?

As a small child I did some photographic modelling, mostly knitting patterns and shop window displays.

I was being got ready for a job when about three years old and my mother was heating the old-fashioned tongs on the gas stove to curl my hair.

I must have moved because she caught my ear with the hot tongs.

What do you remember about your birthdays?

I don’t remember parties as such but there was always something special for tea on our birthdays.

How was school?

Between the ages of three and 16, I went to 10 different schools.

What did you get up to with your friends?

My sister was always my best friend. As we moved about a lot, I never had the chance to make long-lasting friendships.

Living in the country most of the time we were able to run wild in the fields in a way that children today cannot do.

Most of my activities came from being a Brownie and then a Girl Guide.

In 1945 I met a new friend and we are still friends today, 65 years later.

What toys did you play with?

Dolls were in short supply at that time, but I loved them when they were available.

What did you watch on television?

We had no TV then, but I remember the radio was always on. That or my mother playing the piano and singing.

Any clothes that stick out in your memory?

My mother made most of my clothes and lots of little girls were dressed to copy Shirley Temple, who was a big star at that time.

What music did you listen to?

Very early on most our music was light classical, but as I developed my own taste it was anything from Beethoven to rock ‘n’ roll.

Favourite sweets?

My favourite chocolate bar was Fry’s Chocolate Cream Bar and I also liked Jelly Babies.

What was the naughtiest thing you did?

Some friends and I went scrumping for apples and I cut my leg climbing a tree.