Childhood memories with Vanessa Davies

Vanessa Davies
Vanessa Davies
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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Reunited after 30 years – but only thanks to a kind stranger

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Today it’s the turn of Vanessa Davies, 50, lives in Horndean and works as a leader for Weight Watchers and as an independent consultant for beauty firm Arbonne International. Here she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I suppose I was about four and sitting in the garden one very lovely hot Easter with a little knitting kit and I started to learn how to knit.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

Up to the age of about 10 I had swimming parties in the garden with the old-fashioned party food – it was great!

· How was school?

School was great until I reached senior school and then I was bullied because of being overweight. I was nicknamed chair breaker.

I put the flags out the day I left school as I hated it so much.

I then started my new job as a cadet nurse at college where I retook a lot of exams to help me progress into nursing.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

I didn’t have many friends but with those I did have we used to spend time round each other’s just chilling.

We went to a youth club once a week where we listened to music and drank coffee.

· What did you watch on TV?

Watch With Mother – with Andy Pandy, Rag Tag and Bobtail and all the other shows like that at the time. When I was older I watched Blue Peter, Starsky and Hutch. All typical ‘70s programmes.

· What music did you listen to?

I listened to a very diverse range of music from pop to rock. I loved The Bee Gees, Status Quo, Deep Purple, Commordores – I liked most music.

· What toys did you play with?

My favourite toys were dolls and prams. I also remember driving my little pedal car Jeep.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

Not that I wore them, but flared trousers!

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I got drunk at the age of 14. Mum didn’t talk to me properly for about a month.