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Do any readers remember Black Country gas street lighter?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

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DOES anyone remember the gas street lighter man? He used to come round at dusk every day and light the gas lamps.

I used to watch through the front room window for my daddy coming home and it was lovely to see the lights coming on one by one.

The lighter man carried a short 3/4 tread ladder and a light on the end of a long pole.

He put the ladder against the light, climbed up and poked his lighter into the lamp at the top.

It was magic to the children who often followed him. A later development meant there was a chain with a ring on the bottom. He then had a pole with a hook on the end and just pulled the chain down by hooking the ring.

I'm afraid that naughty boys (my husband was one), used to climb up the standard, hang on to the crossbar at the top, pull the chain to put the light on and slide down.

This was at all times of day!

In those days, of course, any watching neighbour would make them climb up again and put the light out.

When they came down they would get a hefty clout round the ear. Should they dare to complain to their mother, they would get a clout round the other ear to match. Those were the days!

I can't remember when gas lighting was replaced with electricity.

I buy The Bugle fairly regularly. As a whole the interest is fairly balanced between men and women. I don't like The Bugle when it is full of football. I do like the puzzle page!

Keep up the good work!

Doreen Harris,

(90 this year),

17 Highgate,

Streetly, Sutton Coldfield.

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