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Memories of Coseley lamp lighter

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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IN response to the question posed by reader Doreen Harris of Streetly in The Bugle (March 13 issue) about remembering lamp lighters.

Where I lived as a child in Coseley we could see the gas lamp on the corner of Castle Street with Old End Lane. The local lamp lighter was Charlie Townley. He came along on his bike with his ladder and would stop on his lamp lighting round to light up our little part of the world. When morning came, he would arrive again to turn it off.

This lamp was across the road from the side of the Clifton cinema with its name lit up in red neon letters.

But when the war came all the lights went out. Charlie didn't come any more and the lit-up name of the late lamented Clifton wasn't seen again until May 1945. The lamp supported the local letterbox which was fastened to it with metal straps so the lamp still had its use all through the war even though it wasn't lit.

Mrs Beryl Hyde-Wilkes,

41 The Paddock,

Coseley.

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