Derbyshire chimney sweeps reunite man with 1961 Santa’s letter
A man was stunned after a letter he wrote to Santa Claus in 1961 was found stuck in a chimney by chimney sweeps in Derbyshire.
Robert Crampton, was only four years old when he wrote a letter to Santa Claus asking for a sheriff’s badge and a helmet gun.
With the help of his late father, he left a sooty note and marked it as urgent to try and get it to Mr. Claus as quickly as possible.
In the letter, the youngster requested a “cowboy costume and guns and a hat and everything” that would be “enough for me” for Christmas.
Now the 65-year-old was shocked after the letter was found neatly folded in a fireplace in his old home after being stuck there for over 60 years.
And Robert says he was thrilled – 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, based in Doe Lea, near Bolsover, has since contacted Mr Crampton, who now lives in Woking, Surrey, so he can track down his childhood Christmas list.
He remembered that the list was compiled by his late father, also known as Robert, who was a sergeant in the Royal Army Service Corps.
Mr Crampton said: “The fact that the story has been covered means that a lot of people are talking about Christmas memories from a much less complicated time.
“I imagine it brought a lot of joy to a lot of people.
“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 child have wanted? “
He added: “I was contacted by the chimney sweeping company who told me they would return the letter 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 almost 60 years.
Although the letter is not dated, the family of the current owner, who have lived on the property for several years, did not know anyone by the name of Robert Crampton.
British children sent letters to Santa Claus by throwing them in a fireplace so they would float and fly to the North Pole for centuries.
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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