Clean sweep

PUBLISHED: 11:04 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 06 May 2010

SIR, — In times gone by when Stanley was employed to sweep the streets, this would have been his busiest time of the year. He knew that wet leaves on pavements were every bit as dangerous as ice and snow. A sudden fall caused by slippery leaves is a shock

SIR, - In times gone by when Stanley was employed to sweep the streets, this would have been his busiest time of the year. He knew that wet leaves on pavements were every bit as dangerous as ice and snow. A sudden fall caused by slippery leaves is a shock to us older ones even though we've escaped broken bones.

Stanley and his barrow were a familiar sight and he worked hard to keep the paths clear. He seemed to do a better job than is apparent today. I never presumed to ask him if he was happy with his work but I like to think he got satisfaction from knowing he'd done the best he could.

PAUL KINCH,

Pickford Hill, Harpenden.

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