Ma, Pop Gillies and the Chimney Sweep.
Junction Road Church, Leith, Scotland
September 27, 1952
The custom started about two hundred years ago, when a London Chimney Sweep saved the life of King George 11.
The Sweep had been the only person brave enough to step forward when the King’s coach and horses bolted. The Chimney Sweeper pulled up the horses and saved the monarch.
The King was so pleased that he made an announcement by Royal Decree declaring that all Chimney Sweeps are good luck bearers and must be treated with respect.
Some time later when the King’s youngest daughter was to be married, the King asked the sweep to attend to ensure Good Luck and Happiness for his daughter. The Sweep arrived and to seal the Good Fortune of seeing the Sweep, the Bride kissed his sooty face and the Groom shook his hand.
An original wedding invitation for Mum and Dad’s wedding.