Master sweep is hoping for lucky new career

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A former West Pinchbeck farmer had the luck of a chimney sweep when he chose a new career.

Andrew Cole has qualified as a member of the prestigious Guild of Master Sweeps and is helping to promote one of the country’s oldest trades.

Mr Cole (48), of Small Drove Lane, said he decided to take a new direction after watching a news item on breakfast TV about the dangers of not having chimneys swept.

Now things are looking up. He said: “The trade was dying out 15 to 20 years, but with the price of fuel and power soaring people are looking for alternatives.

“Last year 150,000 log burners and stoves were bought and that means potential fire hazards if chimneys are not swept.”

As a member of the Guild of Master Sweepers, Mr Cole not only sweeps chimneys and clears flues, but also repairs log burners, stoves and multi-fuel burners and fits bird guards.

To get his qualification, he trained at the Sure Fire Centre in Derbyshire. But he hasn’t finished yet as he intends to get more training so he can be a gold stardard master sweep and fit stoves and work at heights.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to getting started now and I’ve already had a lot of enquiries about getting chimneys swept in the autumn before it gets cold and people start lighting fires.”

To book him or for more information call 01775 640686 or 07767818592. Photo:SG170613-112NG