Family

Clenton Farquarson: Hand Me Downs

Clenton Farquarson was born in Birmingham in 1964. He grew up in Birmingham and went to his local mainstream schools.

Here Clenton describes life with his family.

  • Clenton Farquarson
  • Clenton Farquarson
  • Clenton Farquarson
http://howwasschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/hand-me-downs.mp3

Transcript

As a child it was hand me downs, toys, we had nothing new to ourselves. The only things that we had new was school clothes. We had – and my mum and dad gave us, you know, I remember it was a jumper, shirt and trousers and a blazer. They were the first real memories of school, and we had to pass them down. My brothers then would pass them down to me, you know. The girls didn’t really have to share because they were bigger sizes, you know, bigger then. But us boys, we’d have to share, and – with my cousins, we’d have to share stuff. That’s the first thing I remember. And Christmas, always getting orange. I told this story to my daughter and she thinks, you know, that I’m making it up so I always have to get my mother to tell her. As a child, we used to get an orange, a walnut and a colouring book. And we got that up to the age of fifteen.