Mystery solved! The child who wrote a letter to Santa Claus found in the fireplace at Worksop has been found
Robert W Crampton revealed that the letter dates back to just before Christmas in 1961, when he was just five years old.
The Chimney Sweepers at Worksop are looking for the family of a child who wrote a letter to Sa …
The letter, found by Sweeps Chimney Services at Worksop, showed Robert asking for “a cowboy costume, guns and a hat and everything,” and we can now rest easy knowing that Santa has lived up to the expectations of the child.
After being contacted as far away as Australia about the letter, Robert saw that the handwriting belonged to his father, the elder Robert Crampton, who wrote it on his behalf.
After talking to his mother, she reminded Robert that he actually got some of the kit he so kindly requested.
“I have a hooded pistol that looked like a six-shot cowboy and holster, and I remember getting a sheriff badge,” Robert said.
Robert, now 65, was born in Retford before moving to Surrey, where he then served 30 years with the Surrey Police before retiring in 2013.
“I always wanted to be the sheriff, and I guess I was in a way,” he said.
Robert thanked Sweeps Chimney Services office manager Cheryl Thorne and the chimney sweep who found the letter, Josh Gaze, for campaigning “altruistically” to find him.
Cheryl says she’s thrilled the mystery ended so positively.
“It just means the world to us, it’s really, really lovely,” Cheryl said. “It’s just a nice ending to a great story.
” I talked to [Robert], we had a very long conversation about what the letter means to him and he thanked us for taking the time to try and return it to him.
Robert hopes to find the letter so his daughters can have a piece of their grandfather, who died in 1996 at the age of 66.