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In my day: We quiz Caroline Crothers on the time of her life

Q. What was your decade?

A. The 1980s. I was born late in 1979 so was a young child going to Clandeboye Primary School in Bangor.

Q. What was life like?

A. Life seemed to be simpler, being a young child full of innocence and naivety. I was in everything, the school band, Girl Guides and St John and I loved school. It was also a more easy-going time. My friends and I would often take ourselves off for a whole day to the beach or park without our parents batting an eyelid.

Q. What were you listening to?

A. Whatever my older brother and sister were blasting through their bedroom walls. My sister was a big Wham and Duran Duran fan and my brother liked heavy metal.

Q. And the style?

A. Being so young my mum was in charge of my clothes, although I do remember wearing a Coco Pops T-shirt for most of a summer and thinking I was the coolest. My mum knitted me an array of novelty jumpers.

Q. What has changed?

A. Everything has changed but technology has probably changed the most. I remember having a Spectrum computer and it took 30 minutes to load a game on a tape deck, then it often crashed.

Q. What was better back then?

A. I love the style and music of the 80s, and most of my favourite films are from then.

  • Caroline Crothers works for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI. Visit

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