Close to the sea and in a depression surrounded by sand dunes and hidden by the marram grass are the green huts of the smoke people. It’s where they live and work. Their chimneys aren’t smoking at the moment because during the day they rest, but return at night and it’s a different story for that’s when they are hard at work.
During the hours of darkness the smoke people collect the dirty black smoke that billows from the nearby works and take it home to their little green huts. There they wash and clean it before returning it all nice and fluffy white so the factory can put it in their chimneys during the day.
The ‘smoke people’ – keeping Teesside clean!
Words and photographs Copyright © 2014 by Antony J Waller