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Here are the things that made the summers of your childhood magical

Football, jam sandwiches and sand.

WE’RE BANG IN the middle of the Summer now, and while most of us are stuck in work, children around the country are in the throes of the paradise that is the summer holidays.

School is weeks away, and they’re still deep in the delightful routine that comes with this time of year.

It’s entirely possible that they’re having the time of their lives, you know.

Remember the things that made the summer holidays magical?

Playing football

So much football.  With all the right rules, of course.

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Going to someone’s caravan or house by the sea

There would be sand everywhere and it was probably raining but you didn’t really care as long as you could go swimming.

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Taking great pride in digging a big hole in the sand

When you made it to the beach, the mission began.

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Sweets

They just taste nicer in the Summer, don’t they?

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Hanging out with your cousins

Generally your mam, desperate for company, would hook your family up with another section of the extended family.

For a couple of months, your cousins became your best mates and partners in crime.

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Games that went on for days

When you were eventually called in in the evening, it wasn’t a big stress because you knew you could just carry on whatever game you’d been playing the next morning.

Sometimes an imagined world could exist for the entire summer.

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Tetherball

Only to be played during the summer holidays for some reason.

Playing with the hose was great fun

Like, loads of fun.

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Being allowed to have jam sandwiches for lunch

Taking full advantage of the ice cream man

Whenever you could get the money from your parents, of course.

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No proper bedtime

Sometimes you were even allowed outside after it started getting dark!  Or to stay in the pub with your mam and dad!

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Fish and chips for dinner

You probably had these at other times of the year too, but there was something extra special about them in the summer.  Especially if they were eaten after a long day of playing outside.

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What are your favourite Summer memories?

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