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I went to the pictures with a boy for the first time!!!

I went to the pictures with a boy for the first time!!!

See how complicated it all got!!!

Monday 1st April 1974.

Good evening, I don’t think Ray could have told Gary K. to ring me, because he didn’t phone. If it wasn’t that, it must’ve been thatGarydoesn’t like me. (I don’t like him now!)

I’ve been to see “Oliver” again tonight. (It’s my 3rd time). I really enjoyed it and would go on watching it for weeks and weeks. Geoffrey M. sang really nice and sweetly. (He’s a real tasty geezer!!!)

By the way, I got in free again tonight AND I was not selling tickets. Don’t know why Smelly Dee didn’t ask us to pay up.


Tuesday 2nd April 1974.

Dear Me, I’ve got to do a load of revising now, while I’m in bed. It’s 9.20pm. The exams are tomorrow. I haven’t learnt anything that I should’ve.

I saw Terry J. down the shops tonight. (He’s so nice, but I just don’t know why I don’t want to go out with him). My Mum saw him as well. She was speaking to him.

By the way, there’s a new no. 1. Get ready for it. One! Two! Three! Yes, it’s ….

“Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks.

See ya, wish me luck for tomorrow,


Wednesday 3rd April 1974.

Hi ! We had the first 3 exams today. Geography, History, then Maths. It wasn’t half as bad as I expected.

We’ve got R.K. , Music, Maths and Science tomorrow.

I went up the shops tonight, but not only to get sweets. Yes, you guessed right. To see a boy! But you don’t know who! It was Terry J. In fact he was up there, so I offered him a sweet. I think I fancy him again. I’ll probably ask his brother in school tomorrow whether Terry’s got a girlfriend. If not, well I’m in luck!


Thursday 4th April 1974.

Dear Me, I’ve got really great news. You know yesterday I said I’d ask Terry J’s brother if Terry had a girlfriend, well today, I did. Yes he has! But tonight I asked Bobby if Terry liked me and he said yes. So Bobby told Terry that I wanted to go out with him. I’ll tell you everything else tomorrow.

We had those rotten exams today. I’ve probably done badly in all of them.

Top of the Pops is on right now. By the way, if I hadn’t already told you,

Terry Jacks is number one.

See ya, Me.

Friday 5th April 1974.

Hi ! I’m going out with Terry J. again. Me and my mate, Kim went round where he lives after school and also most of the evening. Kim’s gonna go to the pictures with Bobby and I’m going with Terry on Monday. (A nice little foursome, don’t you think?) We’re gonna see “American Graffiti”. It’s about rock and roll and teddy boys.

It’s been a great evening. Kim’s coming round at 10.30am on Monday and the boys at 11.00am. We’re gonna leave at about 1.30pm.

See ya, Me.

Saturday 6th April 1974.

Good evening, Well it’s Sunday morning really because it’s past 12.00pm or am!

I rang Terry J. up this afternoon, but he wasn’t in, so I asked for Bobby. He wasn’t in either. There’s only one more whole day until I’m going to the pictures with Tell.

I’m at the campsite at the moment. Ray and Lee wouldn’t even speak to me today at all. Silly old bags!

I’m in my new fluorescent sleeping bag. It’s really nice & comfortable.

Gotta sign off now,

Luv, lovesick, Me.

Sunday 7th April 1974.

Hi ya, I rung Terry J. up again this morning (or was it afternoon?) Anyway, he wasn’t in, so I asked for Bobby and he wasn’t in either!

Tomorrow’s the great day. Me and Kim and Terry and Bobby are going to the pictures. I can’t wait, but they better turn up or Bobby had better come or it means I won’t go on my own with Terry.

Lee & Ray said it was me who wouldn’t speak to them. (Blimmin’ liars).Marina’s gone home and so have both the boys, so I’m on my own. Well I didn’t go round with them anyway.


Monday 8th April 1974.

Hi ! It’s been a great day and I’m so happy. BUT, we didn’t go to the pictures. NO, because they didn’t turn up. Terry went to Southend with all his mates and Bobby weren’t gonna come on his own. So tonight Kim and me rang them both up and asked ‘em to come out. They did. Terry eventually put his arm round me and well, Bobby had to be given a little encouragement before he put his arm round Kim.

We’re suppose to be going to the pictures tomorrow, even though none of us have any money.


Tuesday 9th April 1974.

Watcha! We all went to the pictures today. We saw “American Graffiti”.

Bobby’s really tasty and I fancy him. But he’s going out with Kim and me with Terry. I wish we could swop. I’m not sure if we’re gonna see them tomorrow. I don’t really care if I do or don’t. Well, I wanna see Bobby. (Nice!)

My Mum and Dad have sold our settee and 2 chairs tonight, because we’ll be moving in about 2 months or less, so we’re getting new furniture.


Wednesday 10th April 1974.

Dear Me, It’s been a great night! You see, Kim & me rang Bobby and Terry up and told them to be up the shops at 7.00pm. BUT, only Terry turned up, so we went round his house to find Bobby. Anyway, Bobby talked to me all evening and he was letting out all his & Terry’s secrets. Kim got a bit jealous I think. But the reason is that Bobby doesn’t like Kim (but I’m not to tell her!)

I like her and I like Terry & Bobby as well. He was really nice. Also, he told me that Terry’s gonna give me up when I move.


 Thursday 11th April 1974.

Hello Me, I don’t think Terry likes me. Well, in fact, I’m POSITIVE. Last night I wrote on the pavement outside their house, “*** & Terry”. This evening when I went round there, the Terry had been crossed out and Bobby put in its place. I knocked and asked who did it and they didn’t know. Terry must’ve got jealous last night. I’m never gonna  phone or knock at his house ever again. And this time I’d decided to be nice to him and he now doesn’t like me.


P.S. Top of the Pops is on soon.

The camping season was underway and you thought I was “Boy- Mad” at home! Wait and See……!!!

 Friday 12th April 1974.

                     DAVID CASSIDY’S BIRTHDAY.

Hi, As you can see, it’s David Cassidy’s birthday. He’s 24. (Getting old, but still beautiful). I didn’t even send him a card!

I met this new boy (down the campsite) tonight. We went for a walk and first of all he put his arm round me and then we just held hands. I’m not sure if I like him, because after everybody had gone to bed, me, Elaine, her friend and my sister, went in Lee & Ray’s tent. (They’re talking to me!) Elaine said Lee likes me.



Saturday 13th April 1974.

Watcha! It’s been really great tonight. That new boy (he’s called David by the way) went for a walk with me after the hall had closed. Elaine went with Don and Cathy with Raymond. Anyway, he kissed me. He’s really nice, but if Terry J. likes me then I’ll go with him and not David, who’s 15 and very short.


See ya, Me.

Sunday 14th April 1974.


Dear Me, I’ve been with David nearly all day. There’s something nice about him. My sister keeps singing and taking the mickey out of Don. He thinks everyone fancies him! I don’t.

Lee asked Elaine to go out with him, but she said no because she’s going out with Don.

Tonight, my Mum and Dad are organising the Bingo over the hall, me in the canteen.


Monday 15th April 1974.

Hi ya, I’ve been with that boy, David all today. He’s gonna come camping with his mate next week. (I should think they’re gonna come every week, because they’ve joined the Youth).

It’s been a great Easter. BUT, there’s one big thing. I didn’t get any Easter Eggs at all. My Mum said she’s gonna give us 50p each. (Nice of her, don’t you think?)

Gotta go now, Me.

Tuesday 16th April 1974.

Dear Me, I rang Dave up today. He sounded really nice on the phone. I asked him to ring me back in the phone box and he couldn’t get through, but eventually he did. THEN we got cut off. I rang back later and he wasn’t in, so I’ll see him on Saturday at camping.

Bobby and Derek B. were being followed tonight, by me and Susan. They’re so tasty! Derek came into the phone box and he got his scarf and hit me on the bum. (I’ll never wash again!)

See ya, Me.

Wednesday 17th April 1974.

Dear Me, I saw Terry J. up the shops today and he talked to me. Also, he’s had his hair cut. By the way, Kim phoned up today and she said Terry does like me because she phoned up and asked him. He was nice to me! (I’ll probably have Terry in the week and see Dave at the weekends!) Two- timer, aren’t I?

At the moment, I’m listening to Tone’s Roxy Music L.P. “Mother of Pearl” has just started. It’s really lovely.

See ya, Me.

Thursday 18th April 1974.

Hi ya, It’s been a bit of a boring day, except this afternoon when my Mum took me and Trevor over to see our new boy cousin. His name’s Andrew.

At the moment, it’s 8.30pm and “Special Branch” has just started. Haggerty, Patrick Mower, one of the stars in it, he’s really tasty.

Top of the Pops was on just now. This is who was on: Wombles, Glitter Band, Mott the Hoople, Sunny, Limmie & Family Cooking, Jimmy Osmond, Terry Jacks, Abba, Bay City Rollers. Wizzard, (I think there was one more, but I can’t think of it!)


Friday 19th April 1974.

Dear Me, At the moment, it’s 9.50pm and I’m lying in bed, eating a black jack and writing this diary.

Tomorrow’s the great day! You know why? Well, because I’m gonna see Dave down the campsite. It should be really good.

Today, me and Sue went and bought 4 records. Abba, Limmie & Family Cooking, Chi-Lites and the Wombles. They’re not for us, but for Kelvedon’s camp social.

Gotta sign off now,

Luv, Me.

Saturday 20th April 1974.

I’m down the campsite and Dave said he’d be down here. BUT, when I got down here, NO Dave. Then this evening, he turned up in the clubhouse. He hasn’t really talked to me much and I didn’t even get a kiss from him. Hope he’ll go around with me tomorrow. I really fancy him!

I’ve started this David Cassidy scrap book. It’s really good! I’ve got lots of pictures and I know they won’t all fit into the scrap book.

See ya, Me.

Sunday 21st April 1974.

Watcha Me, It’s been another fantastic day. Dave has been around with me all day and he’s been kissing me etc. (The etc. doesn’t really mean much, it doesn’t mean anything actually!) He kept holding my hand and cuddling me and…. I really like him. He’s not going camping next weekend (sob sob!) He asked for my phone number and he might give me a ring. (Nice!)

Now I’m at home and I’ve just made a rhubarb crumble, put it in the oven and everyone’s waiting for it to cook. We’ve got rice with it as well.


Monday 22nd April 1974.

Dear Me, We go back to school tomorrow. It’s been a good holiday anyway!

Today, my Mum told this man that he can borrow our caravan for a few weeks, which means we can’t go camping. BUT, my Dad says he’ll take me camping. I’ll have to cook for myself and sleep up the Youth Field. It’ll be really good, but that’s only if Dave’s there. (Mind you, I wouldn’t get up to anything, that’s a promise!)

The Top 20’s on tomorrow. I’ll let you know if there’s a new no. 1 or not.


Tuesday 23rd April 1974.

Hi fans, I rang Dave up today after school. He’s really nice on the phone and he spoke to Sue. (Mind you, I prefer him when I see him, NOT on the phone!) I wish he lived nearer, but then we’d see each other more often, therefore, not like each other so much.

Terry Jacks is no. 1 for the 4th week running, Abba no. 2, Mud no. 3, Wombles no. 4  and the Glitter Band no. 5.

I got some of my exam results today. Maths- 65%, R.K.- 49%, Science- 35% and History- 46 out of 80 or 100 (Not sure!)


Wednesday 24th April 1974.

Dear Me, Was alright at school today. I haven’t had any more exam results. Probably get some more tomorrow.

Dave is still on my mind. I haven’t phoned him up today. I think I’ll leave it until I’ve seen him again, which’ll probably be in 1 ½ weeks time.

I washed my hair and had a bath tonight. My hair’s really come up nice, because my water had bubble bath in it as well.

At the moment, it’s 10.16pm. I’m laying in bed writing this. (Cor! Top marks for observation).

Gotta go now, Me.

Thursday 25th April 1974.

Dear Me, Top of the Pops was on tonight and I missed it. My mate, Marina, from down the campsite, was on there. We missed it, because as you know, our caravan is being leant to someone. We had to tow it all the way to a place near Chelmsford. We set out at 6.45pm and didn’t get back ‘til about 12.00am.

It was alright at school today, except Smelly Dee was having a go at me for something or another. I’ll be really glad when it’s time to move.

See ya, Me.

Friday 26th April 1974.

Watcha, I did 10 whole pages on an oil topic tonight. It took me about 2 hours.

We’re not going camping tomorrow, but just visiting for the evening. I don’t really wanna camp because Dave won’t be there. Or Marina, Elaine & Cathy.

At the moment, I’m sitting on the loo.

This girl in my class, Kim, has leant me this book called “Skinhead”. It’s all about the life of a skinhead and is really dirty in parts. I’ve only just started from the beginning, because I read all the good, dirty bits first.


Saturday 27th April 1974.

Hello, me old mate, We visited Kelvedon, the campsite tonight. Hardly anybody was there. Dave and his mate weren’t there. It was quite boring really. We got home at 12.45am and now I’m in bed writing this.

Me and Sue went to Elm Park this afternoon. I bought myself some “Body Mist” deodorant. It’s rose flavour.

I haven’t got anything to write about, so you’ll just have to put up with me writing a load of old rubbish.

See ya tomorrow, Me.

Sunday 28th April 1974.

Dear Me, At the moment, I’m watching, “Doctor at Sea”. It’s really funny and I just love Duncan Waring. He’s really lovely looking.

We went up the campsite again today, but it was boring, because we got there at 1 o’clock, didn’t have any dinner and got home at 6.45pm eating Chinese food.

The Sunday Mystery Movie is on in a minute, but I can’t be bothered to watch anything on the telly.

I’ve done all my homework, there’s nothing to do and I’m cold.

Gotta go now, Me.

Monday 29th April 1974.

Dear Me, You’ve probably noticed that I keep writing this diary in lots of different pens. (It’s nothing important, so don’t worry about it). Also, you’ve probably noticed that I’m writing a load of old rubbish just to fill up the space!!!

I keep thinking about Dave. He’s really lovely! I hope he’ll be camping with his mate, coz I’m gonna take my friend, Rhona, with me and we’ll make a good little foursome. (I hope!)

At the moment, I’m sitting on the loo. I’ve just had a blow-me-nose session. I wiped my nose on toilet paper. (Yuk!)


Saturday 30th April 1974.

Hi ya, fans, Yesterday I wrote about taking my mate camping. But, tonight I rang her up and she can’t come. NO, because her foot is in plaster after having her toenail pulled off! I’ll just have to go on my own!

I’m a good girl coz I’ve done all of my homework. Like yesterday, I’m sitting on the loo.

By the way, the new Top 20 was on. No. 5 Glitter Band, no. 4 The Wombles,                                                             No. 3 Terry Jacks, no. 2 Mud  AND  no. 1  Abba, singing “Waterloo”.

My music exam, I got 52%



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