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Debutant author recalls Seventies family life

A 1970s pop culture fan has shared his happy childhood memories of the decade in an e-book now available online.

Phillip Ingham said his “fascination” for the era caused him to write Back In De Day: My Life in the 1970s.

The 49-year-old said: “It's always something that I wanted to write about.

“I've had a fascination with that era, the whole environment, the pop culture.

“I grew up in Warwick, the Rockland Estate, and I would honestly say that I had the best childhood.

“This is basically what my book is about, talking about family life, talking about fashion in the 1970s.”

Mr Ingham added: “It's an appreciation of everything that went on.”

His memoirs run from when he was a three-year-old until the age of nine, when he attended Mount Saint Agnes Academy.

Mr Ingham, who now lives in Hamilton Parish, said: “I remember it was a wonderful atmosphere, it was very energetic.

“Everybody just seemed to be on the same wavelength, everybody just seemed to be positive,” Mr Ingham said. “I think the pop culture had a massive influence on that. People would watch their shows and go to school or work and talk about it.”

Mr Ingham, who grew up with sister Dee, now 55, and brothers Paul, 54, and Mike, 53, remembered music-makers like Supertramp and Candi Staton as well as television programmes such as The Six Million Dollar Man, Man From Atlantis and Starsky & Hutch.

His memories were sparked when he watched episodes of the shows from his collection of about 200 DVDs.

Mr Ingham said: “I'm often thinking, what was I doing at the time, what was Bermuda like? So this all just came together.

“All the memories, everything — it has been very emotional, in a positive way.

“You never realise how valuable something is until it's gone.”

The writer said he hoped anyone who reads the e-book, for sale on Amazon, will also enjoy his memories of the period.

Mr Ingham also included his experiences of being a child with cerebral palsy, which meant years of physiotherapy.

He added: “It's not just a Bermuda book, it's a biography.”

An appreciation of youth: Phillip Ingham with his new e-book, Back in De Day: My Life in the 1970s (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 16, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated August 16, 2019 at 9:09 am)

Debutant author recalls Seventies family life

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