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Author of Christmas letter to Santa found by chimney sweeps revealed
Source: BBC News - By Liam Barnes

Published 29-07-2021

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A man whose letter to Santa, written by his father, was stuck up a chimney for 60 years says he hopes to be reunited with the note.

Chimney sweeps in Worksop found the singed Christmas missive, and turned to social media to find the writer.

Robert Crampton confirmed he was hoping for "a cowboy suit and guns and a hat and everything", though his father wrote the festive epistle. Despite the postal problems, the retired policeman received his gifts.

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Mr Crampton said the letter dates back to just before Christmas in 1961, when he was five years old.

Born in nearby Retford but now living in Surrey, the 65-year-old said it was written on his behalf by his late father, a sergeant with the Royal Army Service Corps based at the time at Ranby.
After being alerted to the letter, a telltale clue in the neat blue ink identified the senior Robert Crampton as the man holding the pen.

Mr Crampton hopes he can be reunited with the letter so his daughters have a memento of his father, who died in 1996.

He can also say his Christmas wish came true, as he completed 30 years with Surrey Police before retiring in 2013.

"I always wanted to be the sheriff, and I suppose I was in a way," he said.

The letter is currently with the present owners, who said their family has lived at the home for decades and did not know the previous occupants.

"I spoke to my mum, and she said 'it must have been your dad's handwriting because if it was yours you'd probably have got a doll's house'," he said.

"[She] reminded me I did in fact get some of the kit - I got a cap gun which was like a cowboy six-shooter and a holster, and I remember getting a sheriff's badge."

Cheryl Thorne, officer manager at Sweeps Chimney Services, said she was thrilled to see the original author tracked down.

"I'm a sentimental person, and when we set this business up I told my husband I always wanted to find a Christmas letter," she said.

"It's chimney treasure - it's precious when you find something like this."

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What a lovely story, I wonder if any others have been found over the years. I'm amazed it survived in such good condition :) 

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Amazing that the letter survived. You would have thought Father Christmas would have knocked it loose!

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