Childhood memories with Lorna O’Keeffe

Lorna O'Keefe
Lorna O'Keefe
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Lorna O’Keeffe lives in Portchester and reads the news on 103.2 Capital FM. Here the 28-year-old recalls some of her fondest memories.

What’s your earliest childhood memory?

Me and my family were out walking the dog and ended up in a field of cows. I thought they were chasing me so I ran to the other side and clung onto the fence. I thought my parents were shouting ‘Look out, the killer cows are coming’ but what they were actually saying was ‘Let go of the fence, it’s electrified’. I found out what they were saying the hard way.

What do you remember about your birthdays?

I would either have sleepovers or me and my friends would all get taken out for pizza. I never really had birthday parties at home because my big sisters had them and stuff got broken. That may be why, when I went to other people’s parties, I got a bit hyper.

How was school?

I went to school in Hayling Island where I hung out with two other girls. The three of us thought we ruled the school. I was jealous of one of them because she had a shellsuit and my mum wouldn’t buy me one. I wasn’t exactly naughty but I was quite loud.

I was given detention a couple of times, once for stealing a milkshake (which I didn’t do) and once for sticking my tongue out at a dinner lady (which I did do).

What did you get up to with your friends?

Because I lived in Hayling we went to the beach a lot. We’d sleep over at each other’s houses and stay up all night talking about boys.

What toys did you play with?

Willy the Water Bug which plugged into the garden hose and sprayed water everywhere. I got really good at Connect 4 when I was older – still don’t think anyone can beat me.

What music did you listen to?

Everything from Spice Girls and Take That to grungy and indie stuff, plus my dad’s oldies like the Beatles and Bob Dylan.

What did you watch on TV?

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, CatchPhrase, Blockbusters, Sesame Street, Count Duckula and Rainbow.

What was the naughtiest thing you did?

We went on a school choir trip one day. I decided I didn’t want to have to go back to school afterwards so me and a friend quietly let the tyres down on the minibus. Unfortunately, they found a way of getting us back to school and my punishment was that I had to sit next to the teacher the whole journey back!