Childhood memories with Mark Chivers

MEMORIES Mark Chivers
MEMORIES Mark Chivers

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Mark Chivers, 39, lives in Portsmouth and works as operations manager at the Kings Theatre, in Southsea. Here he recalls his foundest memories.

· What is your earliest childhood memory?

My earliest memory was when I was either four or five and I was sitting on South Parade Pier with my dad, mum, brother and our friends, watching the Fleet Review for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. My dad’s friend was the manager of the pier at that time, so we had a great view of all the ships and aircraft as they came past. The best bit was the Red Arrows air display which was amazing.

· What did you do on your birthdays?

My birthdays were always about the cake. Mum had a friend who was a cake designer and every year my brother and I would wonder what type of cake we would get. It varied from football pitches and Smurfs to other cartoon characters, but the best one was a rugby ball on top of the four flags of the home nations. Dad was a bit of a rugby nut.

· How was school?

School was great fun, apart from the teachers. I was always willing to give an answer to a question, even though more times than not it would have been wrong, until a particular teacher threw a board rubber at me. From then on I kept my wrong answers to myself. My report card from every teacher read ‘excellent pupil when he decides to be but is easily distracted’.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

I love my sport and enjoyed playing football, tennis and cricket. When the weather was rubbish we played computer games on my Spectrum 48K+ or Atari.

· What toys did you play with?

I had a full set of Star Wars figures as well as my Action Man and Evil Knievel stunt bike. I loved playing Connect 4, Kerplunk, Operation and Buckaroo with my family, but we were banned from playing Monopoly because no-one could be trusted to be the banker!

· What did you watch on TV?

Grange Hill, Blue Peter, Tiswas, The Adventure Game and We Are The Champions. I was (and still am) a mad cartoon fan so Top Cat, Hong Kong Phooey, Bagpuss, Captain Caveman, Battle of the Planets and Mr Benn were also favourites.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

For years my sister has kept her silence but my brothers and I would make her do some really bad stuff like eat dirt and lick worms. Sorry El!