Childhood memories with Sharon Le Roy

Sharon Le Roy
Sharon Le Roy
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Sharon Le Roy, 54, lives in Waterlooville and works as a housekeeper. Sharon is a keen member of Portsmouth Joggers. Here she recalls some of her fondest memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

Aged three or four and proudly pushing my new doll’s pram around Havant with my dad on a very cold and snowy day in the winter of 1961-1962.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

Jelly and ice cream and paper hats.

· How was school?

I mostly have happy memories except for maths lessons.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

In the early years, playing out in the street with skipping ropes, French skipping and playing two-balls plus Brownie pack holidays in Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight.

Later, at aged 11, we were swooning to David Cassidy songs and going on Guide camps.

· What toys did you play with?

Tressy – England’s answer to Barbie.

The strapline was ‘her hair grows!’ and a key inserted in her tummy wound up her hair tresses so that you could style them.

I also played with my brother’s Meccano and train sets.

· What did you watch on television?

Magpie and Blue Peter, Z Cars, Crossroads, How? and if I was really lucky, Peyton Place late on a Saturday evening.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

Baggy floral trousers made by my mum. I remember being about 10 and running home crying in horror after the local shopkeeper asked me if I’d forgotten to take my pyjama bottoms off!

Later, I wore wide, wide flares, huge wedge heels and boob tubes... what goes around comes around.

· What music did you listen to?

I started with David Cassidy and then moved on to glam rock and T-Rex, followed by Free and Genesis at the age of 13/14.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

We played knock and run on front doors as a dare. I was pretty much a goody two-shoes apart from that.