Small change for a sea change

Most of us were lucky enough as children to be given pocket money. What was pocket money for you as a child is small change now. It can help us give our children experiences and support that will create a sea change in their childhood.

Richard Woods

My pocket money story

My pocket money started in the 1970s. It began as 10p and I would keep my savings in an Elastoplast tin. I bought a lot of sweets, so the issue of the tin being quite small and therefore having limited coin capacity, never really arose. Later, my pocket money would be calculated by my age multiplied by ten. At the age of 13, I would spend much of my weekly £1.30 on vinyl records in King’s Discs in Greenford, West London. Even later, in a punky moment, I would sell many of the more old-fashioned progressive rock records at Notting Hill Record and Tape Exchange: about 10 second hand progressive rock albums would buy you one new wave record. I wish I hadn’t done that now, I’d happily give house-room to both the prog and the punk…

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