She would stare at the clunky old BBC Micro
computer in her bedroom and learned to read early just so she could play the blocky, text-based games loaded on to the relic.
Abingdon youngsters give retiring school head and keen gardener Barry Sawyer a special send-off in March 1985, while Amer Qayyum, five, shows off his computer skills to infant school classmates in 1988, |above right, after ICI Wilton presented a BBC micro
computer to the school
Acorn BBC Micro
Model B (1981) - included an analog joystick port as well as a"Torch" floppy disk drive with a Z80 CPU.
It was set up by Martin Edmondson who cut his teeth by developing games in his Tyneside bedroom for the BBC Micro
, an early computer education project.
Mrs Valerie Wright, parents' association treasurer, is pictured with the cheque and some of the children who will use the Concept keyboard with the school's BBC Micro
In the early 1980s, the BBC Micro
was introduced to schools throughout Britain, and before long they were in 80% of UK classrooms.
James Purnell, director, strategy and digital at the BBC, said: "Innovation at the BBC has never stood still, from the birth of radio and TV, to the first steps into the digital world with BBC Micro
Computers and Ceefax, through to more recent services like BBC iPlayer.
TODAY'S 40-somethings grew up learning how to write computer code on a Sinclair Spectrum or a BBC Micro
Upton reminisces happily about his childhood coding on a BBC Micro
, a rugged early personal computer from 1982.
Originally available on BBC Micro
and Acorn computers, the original saw players explore space as traders or pirates, exchanging goods and gold with other travellers, or stealing it.
Added to a pair of New Year's eBay acquisitions - a BBC Micro
and a ZX81 - this means we are now the proud owners of a retro gaming collection.
They received their first computer, a BBC Micro
, a microwave, a VHS player and even a Sinclair C5 car.