After posting my original tin-kettling entry on Friday I thought it might be the end of that subject, but I was wrong….
At a family picnic on Saturday (Happy first birthday Rocket!) my Dad pulled me aside and told me he had read the post. He then admitted to being guilty of tin-kettling in his misspent youth.
*shakes head disapprovingly* Dad, Dad, Dad…. tsk tsk….
I told him the only way he could make up for committing such a heinous crime was by emailing me about it so I could use it for a post in the coming week.
As instructed, on Sunday morning he dutifully wrote a brief account of his misbehaviour. As you will see, he and his fellow hobbledehoys weren’t as determined as the tin-kettlers in my previous post, so we might be able to forgive him for this evening of naughtiness
Cute on the outside, a ratbag within…..
I have included this photo of him as a cute little boy, standing with his girl, just to show that even the most innocent can be enticed into a life of crime.
I did go tin kettling when I was a kid, I must have been about 9 or 10 at the time.
A few of us found out a couple of just married people were moving into their new house, and were spending the night there. Her young brother told us and said we should do something about it. So about 10 or 12 of us got together and did something about it.
We all arrived at the house after dark armed with buckets, kettles, tins, sticks and stones. Anything that would make a noise.
When we got there we let loose and made as much noise as we could, banging buckets and kettles with sticks and then let fly with stones on the roof.
After a while a chap came flying out the door yelling and screaming and threatening us with everything.
It frightened us so much that we all went off in different directions and all got home safe and sound.
I did not do any tin kettling again.
Don’t think badly of me.
Can you imagine your first night in your new house being attended by a dozen noisy 10-year-olds? There is probably a good chance any previously planned additions to this little family were put off for a while in light of this introduction to ‘Life With Kids’!
Here is another tin-kettling article, but this is an example of what can go wrong when someone objects to the annoying ‘celebration’.
In this 1892 report from Texas, tin-kettlers broke with tradition and arrived in time to disturb the ceremony.
Clearly the bridegroom was a man with a short temper; he secured a gun and two of the noisemakers were intentionally shot.
In retaliation, the tin-kettlers laid in wait for the wedding party and shot both the bride and bridegroom dead.