17:27 Wednesday 23 October 2013

What do Mr Motivator, Anneka Rice and Rick Astley all have in common?

Written byCAROLINE KAY

WAKING up to a GMTV Mr Motivator work out, coming back from school and tuning into Yvette Fielding on Blue Peter before finishing the day with Challenge Anneka are the nation’s favourite retro childhood memories.

The new insight discovers our favourite childhood memories and the iconic celebrities which graced our TVs while growing up has been revealed by Wall’s who has brought back retro ice cream, Funny Feet, to mark its UK ‘Share a Smile, Help a Child’ campaign with Save the Children.

Blonde bombshell Anneka Rice and iconic fitness guru Mr Motivator topped the poll as Brits’ favourite 1980s celebrities they would still like to see on their screens. The nation is also ‘never gonna give up’ Rick Astley as he proves to be popular.

Favourite celebrity we would like to make a comeback are

Anneka Rice

Mr Motivator

Rick Astley

Emma Forbes

Chesney Hawkes

Yvette Fielding

Sarah Greene

Janet Ellis

If time travel were possible, most adults would return to infant school age if they could – age five to be precise. According to the research, the top 10 toys which most remind people of their 80s childhood are:

1. Sindy TM

2. My Little Pony TM

3. Sticker Books

4. Hula Hoop

5. Game Boy TM

6. Rubik’s Cube TM

7. Space Hopper

8. Care Bears TM

9. Polly Pocket TM

10. Top Trumps TM

And what of those retro TV characters who were loved by so many? Nostalgic adults have not forgotten their favourite icons, with the top characters they would most like to bring back revealed as:

1. The Fraggles

2. Sooty & Friends

3. The Thunderbirds

4. The cast of Camberwick Green

5. Roland Rat TM

And when they weren’t busy playing with their Rubik’s cubes, kids of yester-year were an active bunch with half claiming to have spent most of their spare time in the garden. While out and about, the top games kids loved to play were British Bulldog, skipping and hide and seek.

Retro icon Mr Motivator, who has been brought back for the campaign, said: “The 80s were brilliant – kids were active and played outside, used their imaginations and the toys were unforgettable. I’m proud to be considered a bit of a retro icon and have loved revisiting the days of Hula Hoop, Space Hoppers and Hopscotch to help bring back the ultimate retro ice cream; Funny Feet.”

Show your support for the campaign by sharing your own happy childhood memory on the ‘Share a Smile, Help a Child’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wall’s. By supporting the campaign you can help give disadvantaged children in the UK the chance to fulfil their potential.

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