The Rag and Bone Man
I remember in the early 1970's when I lived in Millbrook, we used to have the Rag and Bone man come down our street (it was Stamford Street near the Cricket Club) which was an unadopted road - with his horse and cart shouting 'RagBone'. We had two big stone steps which led up to our front door and I was given the task of 'Donkey Stoning' these steps.
Kids used to give old stuff to the 'RagBone' man and in exchange he gave us kids balloons or maybe sweets - but I got Donkey Stones!
I had to dip these stones in water and scrub the front door steps with the stones, this turned the steps colour from a boring grey to a light yellow mustard colour - I never did understand why or what the point of doing this was, except for the fact that everyone else did it!
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Nowadays, the modern 'RagBone' man takes away scrap metal which in these times of austerity, is worth a lot of money. I believe you can still buy Donkey Stones in Ashton Market.
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