Each week we ask a reader to turn back the clock to recall some of their fondest memories. Today it’s the turn of singer and actress NIKI EVANS. The 38-year-old will be in Southsea when The Blood Brothers comes to the Kings Theatre in May. Niki found fame on The X Factor in 2007 and came fourth – one place behind Portsmouth’s Same Difference.
What’s your earliest childhood memory?
My earliest memory is my dad being asleep because he was on nights and waiting for my brother and sister to come home from school so I could play with them.
What did you get up to on your birthdays?
Not a lot really. I remember on my 13th it was snowing a blizzard. Another memory I have is my birthday is very close to Christmas and one year my mum forgot it was my birthday. When I told her she gave me one of my Christmas presents instead.
How was school?
OK. I still have some of the same friends, I passed all my GCSEs and that was that. I met my husband while I was on a night out celebrating leaving school. We went to see the Wonder Stuff. We are still together today and he was the best thing to come from school for me.
What did you do with friends?
Well it was boys, make up, kissing, and music. I was singing in bands when I was 12 so music was everything to me it took up 95 per cent of my waking day.
What TV did you watch?
I used to wait all week for Top of the Pops and was glued to that every Thursday night!
What toys did you play with?
I wasn’t into dolls, I was a tomboy. I used to love a colouring book and would sit with one for hours and hours in my own little world of colouring pencils and drawings.
What music did you listen to?
When I was very young I listened to sixties music as my dad played everything from Connie Francis to the Everly Brothers. In my teens it was Prince and then I became a goth so it was the Mission and Wonder stuff. I was being managed by a session musician from a famous rock group and they went to LA and he came back with a cassette of a unknown rock band and I was hooked – they turned out to be Guns n Roses!
What was the naughtiest thing you did?
Well there have been quite a few! On a night out I went into my mate’s garden and stole her washing off the line, carried it up the high street and put it back up in another mate’s garden – knickers, bras and all. So be warned when I come to Southsea.