Chimney sweep finds boy’s letter to Santa Claus – 60 years after he wrote it
A retiree was stunned after a letter he wrote to Santa Claus over 60 years ago was found in the fireplace of his childhood home.
Robert Crampton, 65, wrote the note asking Santa for a sheriff’s badge and cap gun for Christmas in 1961.
With the help of his late father, the youngster asked for a “cowboy costume and guns and hat and everything” that would be enough for me “for Christmas” and marked it “urgent”.
But her soot-covered letter has now been found neatly folded in a fireplace in her old home – having been stuck there for more than six decades.
And Robert said he was delighted the letter was found – and revealed he got what he asked for this Christmas.
The letter, signed “Robert” and stating “see you tomorrow night” – was discovered by Cheryl Thorne, 42, of Sweeps Chimney Services on Monday [July 20].
The company has since contacted Mr Crampton, who now lives in Woking, Surrey, so he can track down his childhood Christmas list.
Mr Crampton said his father, also known as Robert, who was a Royal Army Service Corps sergeant, made the list for the five-year-old at the time.
Mr Crampton said: “This is a letter my father wrote on my behalf – and I was fortunate to receive a lot of fabulous Christmas presents that year, including a six-shot pistol in a holster. and a sheriff badge.What more could a kid wanted?
“I was contacted by the chimney sweep who told me they would send the letter back to me.”
When asked if he believed in Santa Claus, Mr. Crampton replied, “How can you not?”
Cheryl said it was “wonderful” to find the letter which was remarkably still intact despite having been hidden in the fireplace for years.
Cheryl, from Doe Lea, Derbyshire, said: “It’s pretty magical and I like to imagine Robert put his letter down hoping the draft would carry it to Santa Claus.
“This is the most remarkable thing we have ever found doing this job.
“I found his request so endearing because most kids today want iPads and things like that, so it’s so interesting to get into a kid’s mind back then. . “
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