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The year is 1988. I was a regular at The Dome nightclub in Birmingham.
My drink of choice was probably some alcopop like a bottle of Hooch and curly perms were ‘in’. As were gypsy tops and ra-ra skirts. And hair flowers, judging by this photo.
I bought and owned every copy of Smash Hits and poured over the song lyrics, so that when I recorded the Top 40 on my cassette player I’d be able to sing along to the latest Depeche Mode or Duran Duran track. Who was at Number 1 in the singles chart mattered. I tuned in to Bruno Brookes on Radio 1 every Sunday to listen to the top 40 rundown.
Partying like it was 1999 seemed a lifetime away and any photos I took (for even back then I was snapping pictures of everything!) were on film and sent to Boots to develop.
I didn’t appreciate my youth or my looks or my slender shoulders. I was shy and awkward and lacking in confidence.
Not long after I went to journalism college and my life took another leap forward, but I look back on this photo with such fond memories of friendship and fun and growing up.
And I hope that even though the world has changed and some of these simple pleasures are no longer around, my own girl will have these sorts of memories from her youth.
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