Papa Smurf has been hiding out

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During a cut-throat clear out of the garage, I’ve stumbled across some of my old toys and I’m trying to pass them on to my children. But I’m being met with some resistance.

Smurfs were massive during the glory days of the 1980s.

Petrol stations would stock the little blue figures in their various guises and some have become real collector’s items.

Kids would swap and barter them all the time. Footballer Smurf was always a favourite – especially in a makeshift Pompey kit.

Mine are carefully arranged in an old box. Some of them are in good condition, others have eroded noses and teeth marks on their feet.

Still, I thought there was a kind of ‘heirloom’ gesture in passing them on to little Molly.

Being a polite child, she asked: ‘What are they and more importantly, what do they do?’

They were gratefully received, but I’ve got a feeling they won’t see the light of day until she’s passing them on to her own children. Or being cashed in if they’re worth something on eBay.