At the double for chimney sweeps

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they say a chimney sweep is lucky – so when identical twins Ian and Geoff Cheetham turn up on the doorstep their customers get a double dose of good fortune.

The 50-year-old brothers, who have worked together since they left school, set up their company I&G Chimney Sweeps a year ago, and have already built a solid reputation in Sheffield and north Derbyshire.

The pair, who live in adjoining streets in Eckington, near Sheffield, have been signed up by firefighters as part of a campaign encouraging householders to have their chimneys swept and avoid potential fires.

Ian said: “My stepdaughter works for the fire brigade and they approached us to push the safety message. We were happy to help. People are amazed when we turn up to sweep their chimneys, but to us it’s just normal.”

Picture: Chris Lawton