Childhood memories with Vikki Campbell

Vikki Campbell
Vikki Campbell
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Vikki Campbell, 22, works at Tiger Tiger at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, as a senior sales executive and is responsible for the venue’s festival of entertainment this weekend. Here she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I remember running up the stairs of my next door neighbour’s house when I was two or three years old. My dad was in the RAF, so we tended to live in airforce towns where all the service families knew each other.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

I had massive parties with cakes and trips to go scuba diving or skiing. We were a small family, so my parents invited lots of my friends from school to join in. I was basically spoilt rotten, which is why birthdays are so important to me now. My favourite thing to do at Tiger Tiger is organise birthday parties.

I remember for my 13th birthday I gave my parents a photo of me and my friends to use for one of those photo cakes. When it came out I saw that they had instead chosen a picture of me with a pillow up my top and my eyes squinted together when I was pretending to be a pregnant lady. I was devastated, ran to my room and had to be coaxed out for the rest of the party.

· How was school?

I loved the social side of seeing my mates and got on all right. I enjoyed PE, but remember disliking geography.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

The main meeting place after school and at weekends was the local recreation ground. We used to dress up because that was where everyone was, but looking back we didn’t do anything to warrant the effort.

· What did you watch on television?

Teen dramas such as Grange Hill and Byker Grove, plus Sister Sister and Saved by the Bell from the US.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I had a gorgeous Spice Girls dress, black skirt, blue top with a picture of the band on and it was joined together with black plastic rings. I loved it so much and wore it to the second year leavers’ disco.

· What toys did you play with?

I was a Barbie girl. I also had a wooden push truck with bricks in it which I loved.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

When I was younger, I was allowed to go to Fareham Shopping Centre with my friends, but not Southampton as it was a big city. One day we went to Southampton and missed the bus home. I had to call my mum to collect us and she was so angry I felt physically sick in the car on the way home.