We lived above a newsagent sweet shop which was my parents’ shop. I remember nicking the sweets and weighing out the snuff, and reading the comics! We had a factory opposite – terraced houses in Southville, and we used to do handstands in a row against the wall with our dresses tucked in our knickers. Also what’s the time Mr Wolf – playing it across the street. Also big ship sailed on the ally ally o – French skipping with elastic bands all looped together.
Because we lived close to Ashton Court and Leigh Woods we went up there a lot with a big group of kids. And also over the Vauxhall bridge and then across to the Mardyke ferry over the docks – which were wood yards and we used to play in amidst the timber. That journey We also swam at Jacobs wells swimming pool.
Bristol South swimming pool was closed in winter and was a roller skating rink during those months. We used to roller-skate there to Telstar by the Tornados. Even hearing the music now takes me right back to those days. I was really little at the time and all of the teenage girls used to take smaller ones out on the rink with them.
In the newsagent, we used to advertise for the hippodrome and got free tickets for events – Adam Faith was performing and Maureen Robbins from across the road asked to use the tickets – my mum said only if you take Julie. I was about 5/6 at the time – Maureen took me backstage to meet Adam and get his autograph – she must’ve looked really cool with a 5 year old in tow!
Famous Five clubs/Secret Seven clubs always being formed – we just wanted to be them! We used to collect black and yellow stripy caterpillars with holes in the lids from the bomb sites around Ashton gate school.