54 things you only know if you grew up in Porthcawl

1. You’re an expert when it comes to riding a donkey

2. You sunbathed on Tarmac

3. And took in sea views from a sewage pipe

4. You nagged to go to the Fair to play on this…

5… followed by the HUGE slides in the Fun House

6. It was impossible to avoid touching the slime at the bottom of the rock pools

7. Every Easter you had visitors

8. Foam parties are free

9. You’ll never admit to hitching a ride on this

10. When you wanted a 99, you had to chase one of these down the Prom

11. Friday nights were invented for eating chips on a bench

12. You were Team Beales or Team Sidolis (Finnegans came later)

13. You fell off a giant mushroom at Trecco Bay Fun Pool

the Sun Centre, Trecco Bay, Porthcawl,

14. You played on the Griffin Park helicopter before plucking up the courage to tackle the fireman’s pole

15. You went to a birthday party in The Windrush

The Windrush

16. Your first school trip was to Kenfig Pool, where somebody fell in

Kenfig Pool

17. You’ve owned the stage at the Pavilion…

18. …where the Comp put on the best school shows in the world

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Porthcawl Comprehensive School's production of 'Guys and Dolls'

19. You were always beaten to the lead role by one of these guys

Famous faces of Porthcawl

20. This was your maths teacher

Porthcawl Comp maths teacher Norman Comer as Ichtar in Doctor Who

21. …and this was your maths tutor

John the Song auditions for the X Factor

22. You ate your first ‘proper’ pizza at La Capannina…

23. …and scoffed half a turkey loaf and some spicy bikers at ‘the deli’ during school lunchtimes

24. You still miss Woolies pic ‘n’ mix

Woolworths, Porthcawl

25. Weeks after this appeared, you discovered it was a mermaid

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Mermaid statue, Porthcawl

26. You had lunch in Fulgoni’s when it was divided by a curtain to separate the smokers

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Fulgonis, Porthcawl

27. You spent Christmas morning in your bikini

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28. You remember the days when you could drive down John Street

Porthcawl Hotel

29. You shopped at Kwik Save…

30. …and Gateways…

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Porthcawl Co-op

31. …and bought dinky donuts at the market

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Site of old market in Porthcawl

32. You won a goldfish at Porthcawl Carnival…

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33. …which had the best floats

Porthcawl carnival

34. On May Day, you were forced to dance around a maypole on Nottage Green

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35. Ten years later, you celebrated by drinking pints of wine there instead

36. You’ve jumped off this

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37. Who needed McDonalds when we had Uncle Sam’s?

38. You went camping “up tits”

That’s the spot between two dunes up Rest Bay, if you’re wondering

39. You stalked this man through town when he came for panto

40. On Halloween, you patrolled Forge park with eggs

41. You wished there was a skate park… then they built one!

42. You raced the waves. They always won

43. When you wanted a Chinese, you hired a mini-bus to Aberkenfig

44. In your teenage years, the night began here…

45. … before karaoke at the Wine Bar

46. The Tamperer signalled the night had truly begun at the Apollo…

The Apollo, Porthcawl

47. Where this happened EVERY weekend

48. You formed an orderly queue for Streets

49. And drank cans of White Stripe while dancing to drum ‘n’ bass at the Cove

50. Occasionally you popped next door to Deniro’s to borrow a fiver off your divorced auntie/uncle/dad

51. You drank shots of tequila at Chico’s on the rare occasions you were allowed in

52. The night always ended with cheese and chips in Caspians

53. You weren’t impressed when they replaced the Esp with a bottle bank

54. And then, this happened!

Porthcawl Elvis Festival

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/fun-stuff/54-things-you-only-know-8988286