Be careful Worthing residents – do not, as I did, drop your keys down the drain.
Thinking it would be a straight forward call to the Highways department for help, I got a bored official telling me: “Sorry, we don’t offer that service any more. Try a plumber.”
I rang the plumber. “Sorry we can’t provide that service, ring Highways department.” Groan!
I rang Southern Water, who were lovely. “Leave it with me, I will ring Highways for you”. A few minutes later “Sorry, Highways department don’t offer that service anymore.” Groan, groan.
So we got the keys back ourselves. Fortunately, we were able to lift the drain cover and as the drain hadn’t been cleaned in almost 30 years, it was full of sludge and the keys were within reach, lying on the top of some black gunge.
Had they been cleaned, I fear my keys would have gone for good. And why haven’t they been cleaned? Highways department: “Sorry we don’t offer that service any more”. Groan, groan, groan. You have been warned!
Mrs Nicola Sheeran
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