Me and my school photo: Lorraine Kelly remembers dreams of being a fighter pilot and wearing her hair in ringlets
Lorraine Kelly, 52, is married to cameraman Steve Smith and they have one daughter, Rosie, 17
Here I am aged 13, a pupil at Claremont High School in East Kilbride. I was born in Glasgow and have a brother, Graham, who is six years younger than me, and is now a creative director working in advertising. My father was a TV engineer, and he and mum celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last year.
I went to Strathclyde Primary School – right by the banks of the river Clyde, just before I was five. My mum and dad taught both my brother and me to read and write before we went to school, so I arrived with a massive advantage.
I had some truly inspirational teachers. Miss Spears – who later became Mrs Button – was just amazing. She filled us with enthusiasm for creative writing and made lessons really stimulating. We used to put on plays and there was a great emphasis on art, music and drama. It was an all-round education.
I’ve always been a voracious reader and we were encouraged to read books that were ahead of our age. I was pretty quiet at school, very studious and hardworking, but I was given the strap across my hand a few times for talking – so I suppose I was a sort of closet chatterbox.
I was bullied a little at first, but it wasn’t too bad. Maybe it was because my mum always turned me out beautifully with my hair in ringlets and pink ribbons. I was accused of being a bit posh. When I told my family about it, Mum, Dad and my Auntie Carol went straight to the school and told the children to leave me alone. And from then on everyone was fine. They knew not to mess with my mum!
Lorraine and her family split their time between London and Dundee
I went to John Street Secondary School in Glasgow for a year, but then we moved to East Kilbride, and I transferred to Claremont High School. It was scary at first being the new girl. I didn’t know anyone, but I soon made a best friend – Joyce Woodrow – who is still my best friend. I started learning Russian at Claremont.
It was a brilliant opportunity as I was fascinated by Russian history and literature. Out of 1,000 pupils, only three of us took Russian so we were spoiled for attention. We went on a school trip to St Petersburg and I gave a little speech in Russian. It was all very exciting.
We had an amazing English teacher, Miss McPhedren. She was really old-school with her black cloak and iron-grey hair. She got me interested in Shakespeare and books by George Orwell, and she could calm the class down with one look. We had total respect for her. If you’re lucky enough to get a teacher like that it’s a wonderful experience.
My ambition as a teenager was to be a fighter pilot in the RAF, but in 1972 girls weren’t allowed to do that. Happily now we even have a female Red Arrows pilot! I’d always been interested in journalism, too, and was going to university to read English and Russian. In the end I got a job on the East Kilbride News, which was the best thing that ever could have happened, and I was away.
Lorraine has been taking part in the Allplay Tennis Challenge, a national campaign to help more people play tennis. Visit www.allplaytennis.com