Dick Strawbridge: Escape to the Chateau star opens up on ‘scarring’ childhood memory

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Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree opened up on their childhood memories for The Chateau TV. The Escape to the Chateau stars shared their love for their mums before Dick, who is the third of seven children to Jennifer and George Strawbridge, revealed a “scarring” memory he has from being a youngster. 

Opening up on their mums, Dick asked Angel: “Can you imagine a time when you’re not going to be mummy to Arthur and Dorothy?”

“Dorothy said to me once, ‘What do you want me to call you?’” Angel revealed. 

“I said, ‘Call me mummy’ because there are only two people in the world that can call me that.”

“To be fair, I’m always going to be my mum’s big boy and I’m still her baby and I always will be,” Dick shared. 

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Sharing memories of his childhood, Dick continued: “When it comes to lots of different sort of memories, when I was very young the thing is my mum was always there.

“She was the person who was there, dad was off working and mum was looking after lots of little ones and my memory is that mum has always been there. 

“But other memories come together like car journeys, thinking back to the 60s, mum’s on one side of the car, dad’s on the other and we had an estate car with bench seats.

“The whole car’s full of children, because we’re all in there, and between mum and dad, who would be driving us to our grandparents or a day trip, there’d be two children between them.”

“Not a seatbelt in sight,” Dick quipped. “Mum and dad puffing away, having a cigarette with the window shut. 

“Two of us in the front, four in the middle, friends and the dog in the back. 

“But it was being there together as a family, and I think from my perspective, it’s just the fact that they’re always there, around-the-table talks, making Christmas special all those things. 

“I think mum was doing half for my dad as well, he just loved that whole family experience, and that’s all the way through.”

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“You have definitely had a different upbringing to me because there’s so many of you,” Angel commented.

“We had our own clan and when Bobby turned up 10 years later than the rest of us, we were old enough to work out what our mum and dad had done for Bobby to turn up, that was a scarring thing,” Dick remarked. 

“I love listening to your mum’s stories,” Angel added. “I think your mum actually does have a better memory of your childhood.

“But I think my mum does as well, I think mums do because they are there, they are older.”

“I could listen to your mum, all day just talking about us you growing up you were actually quite a bad boy,” Angel teased.

“I was perfect,” Dick hit back. “I don’t think our mums are ever going to stop worrying about us, my mum hasn’t even though I’m supposed to be a grownup.”

“They don’t,” Angel agreed. “It’s part of what mums do and as we grow older and I’ve had children, now I get on a totally different level everything mums do for us.”

Escape to the Chateau is available to watch on All4.

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