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FIRST DATE
80s pop icon Nik Kershaw, 47

I was in the fourth year at Northgate Grammar School for Boys in Ipswich. Sarah was in the third year at the girls' school next door. No fraternising was allowed and the schools were divided by a fence patrolled by teachers. The only shared facility was an outdoor swimming pool.

Sarah was an absolute goddess with curly hair and Angelina Jolie lips. I had admired her for months and eventually passed her a note asking her to meet me by the pool and changing rooms, which were out of bounds at lunch time. I was not expecting her to turn up, but there she was looking gorgeous in her green school uniform.

We sat together on the diving board. I held her hand and pressed my cheek against hers, which was warm and soft. We talked about art, fashion and music. A slight mist rose above the pool, along with the faint tang of chlorine. The risk of getting caught added to the thrill.

After we parted, my PE teacher found me in the changing room, which resulted in a detention. It was a small price to pay for true love. But then, a few days later, I saw Sarah on the bus with my best friend. I went from first date to first broken heart in a very short time!

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