Childhood memories with Laura Pauley

Laura Pauley
Laura Pauley
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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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Chichester resident Laura Pauley is a writer and lives with her young daughter Summer. Here the 25-year-old recalls some of their fondest memories.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

When I was five, my parents took myself and my brother Lee to Butlins, where a fancy dress competition took place. My parents weren’t aware of the competition so at the last minute improvised and made us costumes from crepe paper. I was a fairy and my brother was Father Christmas – and what do you know, we both won!

What do you remember about your birthdays?

Massive over-the-top cakes made by Nanny June. For my fourth birthday I had Disneyland cake!

How was school?

I was the class clown at school so there was never a dull moment when I was about.

What did you get up to with your friends?

I loved being the centre of attention. Throughout middle school, I used to stand with my girlfriends and sing songs by the Spice Girls. I also attended a drama academy after school so used to do theatre productions as well.

What toys did you play with?

When I was a kid, I remember getting the robot, My Pal. I was convinced he’d clean my bedroom. I also loved basketball and used to collect stickers for my Lakers’ sticker book.

What did you watch on TV?

I used to love The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Sister Sister. The Nickelodeon channel was always a favourite until I hit my teens and switched to Trouble.

What music did you listen to?

The Spice Girls, Take That, East 17, Eternal. I was a huge fan of (Grange Hill actor/turned singer) John Alford, so when he released Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and other songs, I would listen to them on repeat for hours.

Any clothes that stick out in your memory?

Oh yes, the Eisenegger padded jackets! How awful. I was one of a group of eight that used to wear one. We all had different colours and patterns and mine was purple check. I always loved my Reebok Classics but longed for a pair of Patrick Cox loafers.

What was the naughtiest thing you did?

Getting suspended from school for getting drunk on the roof of the local shops and staggering into my food technology class. Not my proudest moment, I have to say.

In August, Laura’s hosting an auction in aid of Sussex-based charity Dreams Come True. Anyone with items to donate can get in touch via