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.

Tracey McDermid

My pocket money story

I grew up in the West End of Greenock during the 1980’s and it was long Victorian style streets full of tenement buildings and every corner had a shop. I used to split my pocket money between different shops depending on what they sold, but my favourite was probably the Kelly Street Deli which sold the best mix-ups in the world, my favourite sweets being Chelsea Whoppers, White fish and chips and Dubble Bubble gum which had the tattoos inside! Once I had spent all of my pocket money, my brother and I would save up all the glass lemonade bottles and take them around all the corner shops for more mix-ups. If we were really lucky, we would have enough for chips and gravy from Auld’s the bakers!
I also received monthly pocket money from my gran and grandad, and I used this to pay for magazine subscriptions. When I was younger, I got Twinkle, Mandy and Bunty comics delivered and then progressed onto Look-in, Smash Hits and the latest chart singles on vinyl! I was a massive A-ha fan too when I was 13, so I managed to get myself a paper round to fund my obsession with covering my bedroom walls with posters of Morten Harket!! The good old days!

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