Childhood memories with Joel Ryder

Joel Ryder
Joel Ryder
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Joel Ryder, 30, lives in Southsea and runs Don’t Forget Your Plimsolls exercise classes at Eastney Community School, using playground games to get people fit. Here he recalls some of his fondest childhood memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I remember learning to ride my bike quite vividly and I must have been about five. My sister was circling me on her bike, showing how easy it was and generally showing off.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

My mum always made an effort to get really cool cakes made. My favourite was one where an icing Superman was bursting out of the top. Jammy Dodgers were always present and we always tried to have a theme for parties. I had to wear a patch on one eye to help improve sight in my weak eye so I was pleased when we had a pirate party!

· How was school?

I quite enjoyed school and loved PE lessons and school sports day. I was good at English and always did well in spelling tests but struggled with fractions and angles in maths.

I had packed lunches but on the odd occasion I had a school dinner I really enjoyed it. I loved those plastic plates with two compartments for main course and pudding.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

Played on our bikes, football, hide and seek.

· What toys did you play with?

Transformers, Scalextic, toy cars, Castle Grey Skull from He-Man, BMX, Mr Frosty ice lolly maker and a Paul Daniels magic set.

· What music did you listen to?

Myself and my sister had the Now 13 album and Jive Bunny which was played quite a lot. I used to record random songs off the radio and then do my own voice-overs. I listened to what my older sister was into – Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.

· What did you watch on TV?

Lots of cartoons – Jimbo, Cities of Gold, Dogtanian, Count Duckula, Thundercats, Bertha, Rolf’s cartoon time. Then stuff like Hartbeat, Blue Peter, Round the Twist, Rent-a-ghost and Johnny Briggs

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I remember having light blue jeans with Flintstones transfers on them. I had a Superman outfit, really lairy Bermuda shorts and a lovely pair of Adidas Torsion trainers.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

Myself and another kid climbed into a parked ice-cream van when the driver wasn’t there to try and find some nice things to eat. He saw us and shouted at us so we ran away scared.