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28 Things '00s Teenagers From Essex Will Remember

Were your best trackie bottoms Adidas or Reebok?

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1. Feeling pretty sophisticated with you P.E. kit inside your Jane Norman carrier.

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2. Wearing your best tracksuit bottoms down the park on a Friday night.

Adidas or Reebok, standard.
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Adidas or Reebok, standard.

3. And thinking you were classy as shit if someone managed to score a bottle of Lambrini.

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4. Attending your first underage night at Dukes in Chelmsford.

5. Getting into Bas Vegas with your older sibling's ID.

6. Visiting Liquid/Envy after you turned 18 and realising it just smelt like feet, BO, and Joop.

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7. Feeling like an international globetrotter when you took your first trip to London with your mates.

8. Feeling incredibly glamorous the first time you wore hair extensions to school.

9. And if you were a boy, feeling an intense satisfaction when you nailed gelled hair.

The shame of wet look.
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The shame of wet look.

10. When your Mum said she was taking you to Lakeside and you began to mentally list all the things you'd convince her to buy you.

"My P.E. teacher said I'd do better for some new football boots." "Did you know Jo's mum let her get her nose pieced in Claire's last month?!"
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"My P.E. teacher said I'd do better for some new football boots." "Did you know Jo's mum let her get her nose pieced in Claire's last month?!"

11. Shamelessly setting "Essex Girl" as your MSN screen name.

~*~*essex babe chlo*~*~
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~*~*essex babe chlo*~*~

12. Or worse, as your email address. Which is now also probably linked to your Facebook account.

essexbabez124@hotmail.co.uk
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essexbabez124@hotmail.co.uk

13. Trying to make it to Peter Pans at the weekend because you knew that's where all the cool kids were.

"No Mum! It's not just for kids!"
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"No Mum! It's not just for kids!"

14. Feeling like a boss the first time you took your car up to the Southend car meet.

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15. The buzz of excitement when you found out the new student at school just moved here from London.

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How exotic!

16. Going on holiday with your mate and their parents to Pontins in Camber Sands...

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17. ... or classing it up and making it a trip to Butlins Bognor Regis.

Don't lie, you know the evening entertainment was actually quite good.
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Don't lie, you know the evening entertainment was actually quite good.

18. The horror you felt when someone broke one of your snap bracelets.

HAHA! NOW YOU TWO HAVE TO BANG!
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HAHA! NOW YOU TWO HAVE TO BANG!

19. Buying 3 months worth of sunbed sessions to prepare you for prom because NOBODY wants a repeat of the fake tan disaster of year 9.

Hey, at least we know how to properly apply fake tan now!
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Hey, at least we know how to properly apply fake tan now!

20. And then showing up to prom in a hummer or a beamer.

Thanks to your mate's dad for that one!
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Thanks to your mate's dad for that one!

21. Wreaking havoc on one of the many fields surrounding your area with your camping and field parties.

22. Listening to V festival from your mate's house in Chelmsford because your parents wouldn't let you go.

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23. Using your B.I.T.E. card for ID when buying your first packet of cigarettes at 16-years old.

And dying a little bit inside when they changed the law from 16 to 18. What the hell are you supposed to use your B.I.T.E. card for now?!
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And dying a little bit inside when they changed the law from 16 to 18. What the hell are you supposed to use your B.I.T.E. card for now?!

24. The moment horse riding stopped being cool.

"What do you mean you can't come out because you're going horse riding? LOLZ."
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"What do you mean you can't come out because you're going horse riding? LOLZ."

25. Trying to pull in Southend/Clacton on the hottest day of the year because you knew all the fitties would be out.

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26. Having THAT friend whose parents worked "in the city" which meant they almost always had a free house.

LET'S GET ON IT!
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LET'S GET ON IT!

27. The first time you saw the Basildon sign.

OMG LOL.

28. Never being able to imagine growing up anywhere else because Essex has bred some serious legends.

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