My year is :-
1974 - Jo was 8. She had complete the Infant Stage at Primary School and was then in the Juniors. Jo was put into a mixed age class with the majority of the children being the year above. Jo discovered the more grown-up pursuits of Top of the Pops and the merits of the Bay City Rollers versus David Essex. Jo was a Rollers fan and owned the jacket (made by Mum), the maroon trousers, the scarf, the socks, the pendant and the printed T-shirt with their photo and her name across the top (from Great Yarmouth seafront market). These were all worn with pride for the School Discos.
I, on the other hand, being older, was not a fan of the world's most tartanest boy band.
In 1974, I was 13, and listening to
Pretty much still am come to think of it. Here, a little audio treat for you.
When I wasn't listening to music I was watching these guys
And reading this
A brilliant, bittersweet, multifaceted, sparkling diamond of a novel which makes a lot of recent popular YA stuff look dull, predictable and amateurish (why yes Twilight, I am talking about you), and which has stayed with me ever since.
Not really now, not any more
If you've read it, you'll know what that means.
I am not going to inflict what I was wearing on you.
Aaargh! I forgot the stitched picture bit! I was supposed to include something I'd stitched that I thought would appeal to Jo. I found the piece, lifted it out and forgot to photograph it. What a numpty!
Here you go. Bonus points for anyone who can guess which other book from my youth inspired this design