80s, 90's, Childhood, Family, Gig, Growing up, Happiness, Memories

My Favourite Childhood Memories

This post is a small collection of some of my favourite memories from growing up 😊

Michael Jackson at Aintree Racecourse

Back when I was 5 years old, Michael Jackson was BIG news. Both my older sister and I were obsessed with him and his music. This was helped along by our Mum’s love for him ever since he was in The Jackson 5 (more on that later). I’d say that arguably, the 80’s were MJ’s biggest decade. He was HUGE. The King of Pop. He still is in my opinion!

In September of 1988, Michael came to Liverpool to play a gig at the world famous Aintree Racecourse. (Sidenote: As IF it was only £16.50 to go!)

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Naturally, tickets were like gold-dust and I was also a bit on the young side, so we didn’t go (sobs). However, we could actually HEAR the gig from our own back garden – awesome!! It was a Sunday night and my sister and I had school the next morning. However, we begged our folks to let us stay up to listen to it.

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This is probably one of my earliest childhood memories, but I remember the both of us in our pjs and dressing gowns, attempting to moonwalk across the grass in our slippers – all the while hearing Michael Jackson belting out his biggest hits live. It was absolutely brilliant!

My first ever concert

As mentioned above, MJ was not my first ever concert. That honour goes to the one and only Take That! 28th November 1993 was my very first gig and it just so happened to be TT. Still a five piece then, in the good old Manchester G-Mex. I was 10 years old and my Mum took me, my sister and my sister’s friend along.

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At this point, I’d loved the band for around two years, so I was beside myself to finally be seeing them in the flesh. Not gonna lie here, even now I’m still the ultimate fangirl when it comes to Take That. Five piece, four piece, three piece – I don’t care. Their comeback was the equivalent of 20 Christmases rolled into one for me. I’ve now seen them live a grand total of 34 times (including 3 times in their first incarnation in the 90’s).

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This concert back in ’93 was amazing. Take That were at the height of their 90’s fame back then, scoring number 1’s left, right and centre. I danced the little legs off myself and was so amazed at actually seeing them in the flesh. The volume of the screaming from the crowd was ear-piercing and the show was phenomenal. A very expensive hobby was born!

Sand cars and sand boats in Tenby

Family holidays for us was always Tenby in South Wales. Almost every year without fail we’d spend a week there. My folks love the place and went a few times before they had me and my sisters. I’ve not managed to go back there since 2004 but this little pocket of Pembrokeshire will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s a beautiful part of Wales and I’d definitely recommend a visit if you’ve yet to venture there.

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One of my most vivid memories from our holidays there is days spent on the beach. Obviously we’d have our buckets and spades but that wasn’t good enough for my Dad, oh no. He took it to the next level. Sandcastles were not his thing.

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Instead, my Dad used to fashion cars and boats out of sand for my siblings and I to play in. They were always quite grand structures, with lots of detail on them and would ensure that we were the envy of the other kids on the beach. Occasionally, one or two of them would tentatively wander over for a “look” which resulted in making new friends for the afternoon.

(Note: The above photo is taken from Pinterest but gives some idea as to what my Dad’s creations were like).

Chips at home in newspaper

This is just a little thing but I always remember it – cast your minds back to when chippy’s used to serve their wares in old newspapers. Some of you may be too young to remember this but it was definitely a thing!

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Eventually this was phased out and I missed it, so my Mum and Dad went through a phase of making us homemade chips and serving them to us in newspaper (we did have plates, honestly!) There was just something about them being in the newspaper that made the chips seems more authentic and tasty!

My Mum and Motown

My mum loves to clean. My mum also loves Motown music. These two worlds always met round at our house, every few days it seemed.

Whether she was hoovering, dusting, ironing, mopping – you name it, my Mum’s cleaning soundtrack was always the best from the Motown powerhouse. And I think it must have rubbed off on me. The music that is, not the cleaning 😂😂

Motown and soul are some of my favourite genres and I just think the music is timeless. My Mum was obsessed with Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 when she was younger and their back catalogue speaks for itself.

But let’s not forget other giants such as Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Lionel Richie/The Commodores, Gladys Knight, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Boyz II Men – the list is endless.

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My Mum and I actually saw Lionel Richie live around 4 years ago and it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to!

Pogo stick champion

To round off, I recall getting a pogo stick for my 9th birthday – they’d made a big comeback and I had to have one. As it turned out, I was pretty damn good on it if I do say so myself. I lived in a cul-de-sac and quite a few of the other kids there also had pogo sticks, which naturally meant a competition. It was time to decide who could pogo for the longest without falling off. With over 300 consecutive jumps, I was the champion!

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What are your favourite memories from your chidhood? Share them in the comments! 😁😁

(All images/gifs used in this post came from either Pinterest or Google images).

33 thoughts on “My Favourite Childhood Memories”

  1. £16.50 to see MJ?! I am so jealous, it’s ridic. Even though you didn’t get to go, just the fact that you got to hear him is amazing!

    Thank you for sharing your memories – this was really sweet to read!

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  2. I remember The Jackson 5 being big back in the day! Pretty cool that you had a tradition with their music. It is neat that you got to see Take That! in person as your first concert. It is always cool to see the type of sculptures people make with sand. I totally forgot pogo sticks were a thing! Thanks for sharing some of these fave memories~!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  3. Oh my god a take that concert sounds absolutely amazing and the photos look like it was awesome! Your first holiday looks really great too love the photos x

    Kayleigh Zara 💀🥀Www.kayelghzara.com

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  4. I used to be a pogo stick champ too! One of my favourite memories was spending time with my Nana while my mum was in hospital, giving birth to my little sisters (twins). I miss my Nana a lot as she passed away a few years later but spending time with her will always be my favourite memory!

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  5. Such a great post and made me think of my own favourite childhood memories! You have some great ones and it was lovely to learn about your fondest ones. It’s so cool that you were able to hear MJ performing from your garden!! how amazing! Funnily enough one of my favourites was also the chips in the newspaper – My mum, myself and my little brother would always go to this old fashioned chip shop and eat them sitting on this particular little bench and it’s always stuck with me for some reason haha. Simple pleasures!

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    1. Simple pleasures indeed – they should do chips in newspaper everywhere! They definitely taste better that way 😂 Thank you for reading!

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  6. great post! i always love taking walks down memory lane! I’ll never forget my first concert, the jonas brothers. my intense sidebang was quickly moved out of the way and my heart fell to the floor when i spotted nick jonas! lol x

    mich / simplymich.com

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    1. Green Day as your first concert is pretty epic! Take That were amazing, they still put on brilliant shows to this day. Thank you for reading 😊

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  7. Oh my gosh! My first concert was Take That at the GMex too! My Mum and I went and I had to endure my Mum screaming down my ear for the full performance! I remember the Michael Jackson concert at Aintree too – although I didn’t go, my Grandparents lived close to Aintree so I remember the chaos 🙂

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  8. This is such a lovely sentimental post! My childhood memory is honestly terrible. I remember the day my dad moved into his old house and we were all sat on the sofa in the back garden while the adults tried to figure out how to get it in the house (I think I was 8) but I don’t have many strong memories from being really young! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. It’s strange the things that your brain holds on to. I remember things vividly from being say 9 or 10, but can’t remember what I did last week 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 Thanks for reading!

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  9. Tenby looks stunning, those are some serious sand-making skills too! The chips in newspapers was a good way on saving on dishes too, although I’m sure wasn’t the incentive for your folks serving them that way haha.

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  10. What a lovely nostalgic post😊
    FYI i still eat chips in newspaper which I enjoy most the time.
    My favourite childhood memories was to play hide and seek with my cousins and siblings. How I wish i could go back.

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    1. I live in a cul-de-sac and on sunny days all of the kids there would congregate to have massive water fights, that’s another thing I remember fondly! Yes, music is my favourite thing, I’d choose music over TV or films any day! Thanks for reading 😊

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