Chimney sweep Stephen aims to revive ancient wedding tradition

It is traditional for confetti to greet a bride and groom as they leave the church on their wedding day but newly-weds could soon be met by a chimney sweep from Shropshire.

Chimney sweep Stephen Grogan wants to revive a wedding day tradition
Chimney sweep Stephen Grogan wants to revive a wedding day tradition

It is traditional for confetti to greet a bride and groom as they leave the church on their wedding day but newly-weds could soon be met by a chimney sweep from Shropshire.

For Stephen Grogan is reviving an ancient wedding tradition which says that a shake of the hand by a sweep on your special day brings good luck.

Chimney sweep Mr Grogan,of Whixall near Whitchurch, is now hoping to bring health wealth and happiness to couples.

The tradition is thought to come from the story of King George II being saved by a chimney sweep when his coach and horses bolted.

The King was so grateful that he announced by royal decree that all chimney sweeps were lucky.

Mr Grogan, who had been in the military for a number of years, started up his own chimney sweep business about three months ago.

And for £80 he will also attend weddings in his attire, shake the groom’s hand, kiss the bride on the cheek, present the couple with a personalised poem and a lucky gift, and pose for photographs.

The married 51-year-old said he wanted to ‘bring old traditions to new beginnings’.

He said: “I was keen to become my own boss and do something that provides a good service and enables you to meet people.

For more information call 07920088508, (01948) 880272 or e-mail stevegrogan@hotmail.co.uk