Last week I took a holiday. The Mayoress and I had some quiet time with a couple of days out. We visited the ‘I Grew Up in the 80s’ exhibition at the Museum & Art Gallery.

In 1980 I was fourteen years old. It may not now be seen as fashionable but it’s my decade – it’s the decade where I finished school, went to University, married my school girlfriend Katey at the tender age of 21 and got my first job. So yes – the 80s were my formative years.

The 80s exhibition is not perhaps one to go to alone. The fun is all about the reminiscing. “Remember that album cover? Was that the album where the track kept jumping?” The memories kept flooding back, from the chocolate bars that you can’t now buy, to the small screen box telly looping round the sights and sounds of classic TV shows of the time like Danger Mouse and Knight Rider.

There were also the musical greats, from the theatrical Adam Ant’s – ‘Stand And Deliver’, to the apex of synthpop New Order – ‘Blue Monday’ to bangers like ‘The Message’ by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five – we had it all.

The films were amazing too. Who can forget the influences of the great movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghostbusters, Aliens, Back To The Future or The Terminator?

The 1980s was a time of innocence and freedom when kids were not tethered to parents with mobile phones and we played outside and fell out of trees.

Thank you Worcester City Council Museums & Art Gallery – for bringing back my childhood memories. Exhibition finishes September 9.


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