Gillian Stevenson is 41-year-old restorer and natural stone seller lives in Southsea. Gillian also works at the Kings Theatre. Here she recalls some of her fondest childhood memories.
· What’s your earliest memory?
I’d say my earliest childhood memory was when I was about two. I was just starting nursery and remember hanging my coat up on my hanger. It had a toy soldier symbol and I remember liking that.
· What do you remember about your birthdays?
When I was growing up money was scarce so birthdays were not always a big affair.
However I remember when I was seven, my dad bought me a big yellow bike that you had to put together yourself. I hated it and cried my eyes out apologetically to my dad, saying that all the other kids had BMXs.
So we took it back and got a refund then me and my big sister went to Hamley’s and bought a Baby Alive doll, Scrabble and all sorts.
· How was school?
I loved school and was very popular. I found school work fairly easy and so messed about a fair bit. I also loved school sports.
· What did you get up to with your friends?
All sorts! Living in south London, times were fairly hard, so as kids me and my friends would do stuff to make money, like picking blackberries and then selling them to local restaurants, washing cars and carol singing.
If we weren’t doing that we would be on our roller skates. We used to go to the Wimpy showrooms as well and play house and also spent a lot of time in the park getting conkers.
· What did you watch on television?
My favourite TV programme was Rupert the Bear. I was mad for it.
Another favourite was Worzel Gummidge.
· What music did you listen to?
Michael Jackson all the way for me.
When I was a kid I first discovered I liked dancing and was quite good at it to one of his hits, Rock With You. I remember winning a dance competition whilst busting some Jacko moves.
· What toys did you play with?
I used to play with my Sindy dolls and my Etch A Sketch. I absolutely loved Monopoly and beat everyone.
· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?
I was mad for Boy George and used to dress like him. When I was about 12 I was taken on TV to sit next to him whilst he was being interviewed. I did it and loved it at the time.