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I've always wanted a Deerstalker hat; Get in touch - tell us what you think Email: letters@birminghammail.co.uk Twitter: @birminghammail Facebook: facebook.com/birminghammail Post: Birmingham Mail, Floor 6, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, B24 9FF.

IT has been interesting to read recent letters to the Mail regarding hats and why they appear to be declining in popularity. There is little doubt that car ownership, and its proliferation since the 1970s, is a major factor.

When I started work all my mentors, products of the first 40 years of the last century, wore cloth caps and, incidentally, every one of them smoked either cigarettes or a pipe.

No matter their encouragement, I wouldn't smoke or wear a cap, although I do wear a smart little number now.

My mother and grandmother's generation would never be seen out without a hat.

My father wore the same cap to his work at Cadbury's for 40 years. When he retired my uncle, his brother, tossed it into the fireplace and burnt it!

Up until the Second World War a great number of building foremen wore a 'Billycock' (or Bowler). The station master at Snow Hill Station wore the same.

I absolutely hated the beret I wore to school in the 40s, much preferring the woollen balaclava for the harsh winters of that decade.

The one item of headgear I have always wanted to wear is the Deerstalker.

However, I lack the moral fibre to do so in my neighbourhood and my grandchildren would ban me from the school gates if I did!

Robert Betteridge, Kings Heath The small print: Letters will not be included unless you include your name, full postal address and daytime telephone number (we prefer to use names of letter writers but you can ask for your name not to be published if you have a good reason). The Editor reserves the right to edit all letters.

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