Childhood memories with Rick Jackson

Rick Jackson
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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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Rick Jackson is 38-year-old and lives in Gosport. He presents the daily drivetime show on Wave 105. Here he recalls some of his fondest memories.

· What is your earliest memory?

Turning the ignition key on my grandad’s Reliant Robin.

He’d left it in gear and it flew forward into a wall. I cried.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

Blowing peanuts through a straw at my friends during my fifth birthday.

· How was school?

I loved my primary and middle schools in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, but didn’t enjoy high school, so left at 16 to take an apprenticeship.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

I remember copying the Andrex puppy with my friend Toby Lyons.

We wrapped toilet rolls around our waists and ran down the corridors.

I had to sit in the library during playtime for a week.

· What toys did you play with?

My all-time favourite was Computer Battleships which I got for Christmas in 1984.

Another favourite was Big Wheels. It was made of plastic with a massive front wheel and two tiny back wheels, it was cool and I looked cool riding it!

· What did you watch on television?

Tiswas on a Saturday morning and Wurzel Gummidge.

· What sweets did you eat?

Liquorice Comforts and sweet tobacco…what a bad example that was!

· Any clothes that stick out in your memory?

I’m still scarred by a pair of trousers my mum bought me in 1982. They were a type of grey tartan. I wore them to watch Ryde Sports play football and a few boys from school were there.

Sadly the trousers were very flared – drainpipes were in at the time…I was massacred for months after.

· What music did you listen to?

Top 40 songs. I’d record my favourites off the radio, which back then was Radio Victory, as it was the only stereo station at the time.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I broke my mum’s faux marble table.

I had a tantrum, I picked it up and dropped it, cracking it in half…she chased me up the street.