Sooty and Sweep

I remember when I was working for the bank organising a treasure hunt for my colleagues on a Sunday. Entrance was £5 per vehicle, and the prize money was £20 first place, £10 second, and £5 for third.
It was a fun afternoon us having plotted the route over a few months. We used local landmarks and other things by the roadside so didn’t have to ‘plant’ anything or trespass on private property, just provide a list of clues and watch the fun.
One of the clues was to get Sooty’s autograph (there were a couple of stop places, ie. pubs) and another to look out for Sweep at the end of the run.
Sooty happened to be Hubby’s handle on the CB years ago and it was also a reminder of entertaining some kids with our Benny Hats as Sooty on the coach to Euro Disney when it first opened. He wore a badge saying ‘Sooty’ and waited at one of the pubs with a pint of orange squash and a packet of crisps.
Of the seven vehicles that took part, only 4 twigged and got his autograph, and the best was one of the directors had been chatting to him for about ten minutes saying he was stuck on the Sooty clue. He went away with no signature.
Sweep on the other hand was my Dad waiting in the park at the end of the run. He was running a chimney lining business at the time and had the brushes etc on board. Six got that, but Mr Director missed out on that one too.

It was a fun day and everyone enjoyed it.
Written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to Sooty and Sweep

  1. willowdot21 says:

    So the director got nil points! 🤣🤣👍

    • He got a few clues right but he did come bottom. One team managed to clock up over 30 miles before answering the first clue, which was 2 miles away! It was a fun afternoon though, meeting at a pub, with a water hole half way and everyone was given an envelope with the end destination in case things really went belly up. We had a car each and knew the route so could position ourselves to help out. No mobile phones then, we had CB sets!

  2. glyn40wilton says:

    I remember the original Sooty and Sweep show with (human) Harry H. Corbett. I think it was his son; Mathew that took over from Harry?

  3. willowdot21 says:

    I remember you mentioning this before and it sounds like fun 💜💜

  4. rugby843 says:

    We did a couple of scavenger hunts when kids were teens.  It was a lot of fun.

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  5. Nope, Not Pam says:

    That would have been so much fun. Great idea

  6. KL Caley says:

    Haha what a brilliant adventure. How fun! I once did an Alice in wonderland style riddle game around our town with friends. The first clue was “I am at the beginning and at the end and you are in the middle what am I?” The answer was church, ch-u-r-ch. I was so pleased with myself when I got it. 😁 KL ❤️

  7. Fandango says:

    Sounds like a fun time, Di. Sooty and Sweep, huh? Funny.

  8. Wanda says:

    Missing the obvious sounds like the director! LOL

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