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Before kids had mobile phones
Children playing in 1999
Ahhhh, the good old days...
The Magazine is compiling a people's history of modern Britain - featuring your written memories and photos. We've done the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s. To finish, it's time for the 90s.

It was the decade of the Gulf War, Britpop, the dotcom boom, New Labour and the death of Princess Diana.

But for many of you, it was about growing up in a time before computers and mobile phones became the "toys" of childhood.

Here is a selection of your comments.


I remember leggings. Jumping around to Top of the Pops and listening to the chart show on Radio 1 in the bath on a Sunday just before dinner. I also lived in an Army camp in Oxfordshire which was quite quiet so I was able to play on the street on my scooter and bike. Football mad boys in school with greasy curtains so glad those times are over
Fran, Leeds

Born in 1980, went to secondary school in '91! I'll always remember the early 90s - having Transformers, a skate board, staying at my grandparents house and walking to the shops for a bag of penny pick 'n' mix! 'Lick On' tattoos from bubble gum wrappers! Having a screwball or push pop from the ice cream van after school! 'Do The Bart Man', 'Mr Blobby' and 'Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle' songs. Watching Gladiators, The Paul Daniels Magic Show, Noel Edmonds House Party (and praying one day we'd be on NTV!) then a Saturday night movie. Usually a Tom Hanks film or K-9 (That film was always on!). Spending summer holidays going fishing with friends or going out on our mountain bikes. Going on a plane for the 1st time to Spain! For me, the 90s were good times! (Apart from the fact I never did get a pair of 'Reebok Pump' trainers...)
Ste, Telford, UK

You know you grew up in the 90s when: you remember Yikes! Pencils; you can sing all the lines from every Spice Girls' song; you got a mobile and it was sooo cool; you cried when Take That split up; you can do the dance to Saturday Night and the Macarena; Will Smith is The Fresh Prince; you were either Oasis or Blur; you've re-enacted the scene from Titanic; you used a laptop and the internet; you wore leggings and baggy t-shirts
Danni, Paula and Kelly, Lichfield

As a child growing up in the 90s, I can say I had a great childhood. I enjoyed school and there were still un-developed fields (now with houses on) near my house where we could go off an play hide and seek or build a tree house, with some old rugs we were given. As long as my parents knew where I was, they didn't mind where I went. In today's climate, I'm not so sure that could happen any more. We still knew how to enjoy playing outside as well as Sega!
Alex Shackleton, Cannock

MORE 90s MEMORIES
Being born in the 80s and raised in the 90s I remember things from a child's point of view. Back when children's television was good and hair scrunchies were a fashion must have. I also remember being made to wear matching legging and jumper combos similar to my little sister's or older cousin's. Didn't have a computer or mobile phone until I was 13 and spent most days playing around local streets getting into scrapes.
Sarah, Fraserburgh

I grew up during the 90s, seeing them in aged five and out aged fifteen and enjoying so much along the way. Gaining a baby sister in '91 and following that with Sonic The Hedgehog, watching 'Round The Twist', 'Fun House' and 'The Crystal Maze' on telly, watching the 'Magic Pencil' with the little light on the end at school (up and down, all the way round and flick.), collecting (but not knowing how to play) 'POGS', Acorn Computers, Opal Fruits becoming Starburst, "There's juice loose aboot this hoose", Benetton sweaters, Toy Story, Oasis/Blur and the rest of the 'Cool Britannia' craze, Spice Girls, England sadly losing to Germany in Euro 96, Tamogotchis, Mr Motivator, Sega Mega Drives, Live and Kicking, Edd The Duck, that hot summer in '95 when we got our water from standpipes, yo-yos and Pokemon coming in towards the end of the decade, and then counting the last seconds of it away as we waited for 2000 to arrive. I didn't think I'd miss the 90s so much.
Richard McCarthy, St Neots, Cambridgeshire

Pogs! Awesome cartoons! MTV being at its most awesome! Etc!
Olly, Southampton

How could anyone forget the 90s? Pogs, pokemon, Spice Girls! Everything children could want!
Jo :), Bristol

The 90s were my childhood. I was too young to remember Thatcher but remember John Major and the change to Blair. Also memories of being picked up from school only on a friday were a luxury. Pocket money in pence not pounds. A home pre-central heating with storage heaters, gas fires and electric heaters. Holidays to all corners of Britain in country cottages. Whole range of pop songs and school discos. School assemblies sports days and school trips. Man Utd winning the treble and watching the parade on Washway.
Duncan, Manchester, UK

I was born in the late 80s and remember the 90s as the perfect childhood decade. In the early 90s everything was new to me and therefore the memories of dole queues and the last vestiges of Thatcherism are over shadowed by the more simpler things in life. The late 90s symbolise, to me at any rate, an extreme positive shift towards the future, where it seemed like anything was possible. Unfortunately, growing up has cured me of such delusions and I have become, like many in my and the preceding generations, extremely cynical in the pessimistic about the future. The 90s are my dream world.
Harry, Kingwood, Texas, US

The 90s covered the period of my life from ages 6-16. I remember when school discos were for school age kids and we all showed up in black and white flower print skirts. There were hangovers from the 80s like big t-shirts over leggings and short dungarees. In winter big velvet hats were all the rage. In 1995 I won the school Tetris competition - the height of pc gaming. I was in the last academic year group that was offered government sponsored places in private schools, a policy scrapped by Blair, without which my parents would not have been able to send me to their choice of school. TV choice suddenly exploded with a lot of US imports via Sky and Cable, most notably 'Friends' which my Dad predicted would never take off. I was too young to understand what the big deal was about Princess Diana's death but I remember my Mum being very upset about it - I just found it irritating that there was no TV or radio station where you could escape from it.
Lindsey, UK

Being born in 1980, I'm happy knowing that the best part of my childhood was spent growing up in this wonderful decade. Though I was not in tune with the political scene, my memories of growing up have a special fondness. Nintendo, LA Law, green cross code man and transformers immediately spring to mind! This was a time when the summer days would be spent not in front of a games machine but down the park or in the woods doing what boys do best - getting muddy. A time when you could climb trees or play around on a field without a government health and safety officer jumping out telling us it was bad for our health. Kids could still be kids, though still having respect for anyone that was the slightest bit older than you. A far more care free time when we all knew the dangers that strangers could posses, yet was rarely heard of. So to everyone who remembers this decade growing up - raise your micro machines in appreciation!
Mark Beckham, Westcliff -On-Sea, Essex

As a 90s child what I remember best are the crazes that swept through school. Yo-yos, jelly aliens in plastic eggs, Pokemon cards, glow-in-the-dark jewellery and anything to do with Girl Power or the Spice Girls.
Nat, Lincoln

I was born at the end of the 80s and spent most of my childhood in the 90s. Although my parents weren't poor they weren't rich either so that meant doing without. My parents divorced in 1995 and at my primary school there were only two other children with divorced parents, it was common but not that common so I was a slight novelty. My holidays were spent going camping in France and Germany and I don't think I was ever as happy as I was then. I was allowed to wander freely around the campsite without parents because back then no one thought about the downsides of it. I went and saw the Spice Girls at Wembley Stadium and I embarrassingly went and saw Aqua, but in the 90s you could like awful music and still be considered cool. I love the 90s, bring it back!
Katie Hope, Cambridge

When I was at school, I spent all my dinner money and building society savings on Pogs. It turns out they were not a sound investment.
Martin G, Newbury, UK

The best time for me so far, being the dizzy age of 25 it's the only decade I've lived through and remember all of it. Whatever happened to Thunder Cats, Grange Hill, Byker Grove, Blind Date, Bodger & Badger, The Fast Show, Shooting Stars?? The 90s had in my view the best music ever, it saw the rise of Britpop, and America brought over R'n'B. It left behind boring electro pop that was the 80s. The 90s saw nearly everyone with some sort of breeze block mobile and everyone wanted to own a PC. What happened to baggy jeans? Thanks MC Hammer-Vanilla Ice, I hear some state in America are trying to ban them?!? What do we have now as fashion, it's just a repeat of everything gone by-I do love the boho look from the 60s though. Miss it, Loved it!!!
Mel, Tamworth, Staffs

Random memories of the most fun era to grow up in! - The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Milli Vanilli, Thunder Cats, Knight Rider, Hoodies, Cycle Pants (!!!), Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, New Kids on the Block, Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony, Paula Abdul, Trolls
Roschi, Colombo, Sri Lanka

I grew up during the 90s and I love it so much. I didn't know much about the political or news side of things (being a child at the time), apart from major events such as Blair coming to power and Diana dying, but I do remember quite vividly the childhood memories of the decade...I remember that all children wore the leggings and had fringes. Haha. The fashion was so bad looking back at it now... And how could anyone forget, the silly crazes of yoyos, aliens, pogs and Tamagotchis that swept through the country. And everyone was mad about Pokemon, and I can't believed that Pokemon cards actually cause so much violence! They had to be banned in schools! Oh yeah, one more thing... "TALK TO THE HAND, COZ THE FACE AIN'T LISTENING" Haha. The good times. It was fun being a 90s kid. I'm sure other British 90s kids could relate to what I've written...
Vinh, Streatham, London





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