Keep the home fires burning

Just a few months after decimalisation, on 17 May 1971, 10cwt of coal was delivered to a customer in Council Street (now Stuart  Street), Kibworth Beauchamp. The coal merchants were Bromley Bros. and Sons, who were based at the old Kibworth railway station yard and could be contacted by telephone on Kibworth 407.

How much Madam?

Ten sacks, each containing 1cwt of coal were purchased by a Mrs Mattock and delivered by the late Bernard Ward of Kibworth, who was employed by George Bromley as a carman, according to the invoice. The total cost was £7.35 and as the customer was out at the time the coal arrived, neighbour Ben Lamb stepped into the breach and settled the bill on her behalf. He was subsequently reimbursed by Mrs Mattock later that day.

My grateful thanks to Ben for saving this piece of local history, which he kindly gave to me for recording in the Chronicle.