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Vicki Romero, who ad­mits her favourite film is Mary Pop­pins, has be­come her own Bert by launch­ing Mrs Sweep - The Pro­fes­sional Fe­male Chim­ney Sweep.

Mrs Romero, 42, from Winch­more Hill, was a case man­ager for 17 years but after a while yearned for a new chal­lenge and is now trained and has be­come a fully cer­ti­fied chim­ney sweep.

She said: “I’m just re­ally want­ing to get out of the of­fice en­vi­ron­ment.

“I re­ally wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. I wanted to work for my­self and I wanted to be out and about meet­ing peo­ple.”

Mrs Romero started to look around for new ca­reers with her hus­band and were in­spired to look into chim­ney sweep­ing after hav­ing to wait nearly three months for one to come to their own house.

“I thought, how many peo­ple would pre­fer a woman to do it?” she said.

She added: “I con­tacted a lady in Manch­ester and she said you won’t look back and you will be re­ally sought after.”

Hav­ing done it on a part time ba­sis for a while, she said her favourite part it is ‘go­ing round meet­ing peo­ple’.

But just how many peo­ple use chim­neys nowa­days? A lot, ac­cord­ing to Mrs Romero: “Round my area there are lots. log burn­ers are re­ally fash­ion­able now and a lot of places have big burn­ers.

“I’ve done a lot of in­glenooks al­ready.”

She added: “I thought it was re­ally nice and I thought that there aren’t many fe­male sweeps around. I can do a job just as well as a male sweep can.”

And Mrs Romero has not looked back: “I love it, I ab­so­lutely love it. I was very ner­vous about it and I said to my hus­band it just seems re­ally weird, and he said it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment. The sup­port has been amaz­ing.” Visit

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Chim­ney Sweep Vicki Romero

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