Singer's sewing machine factory loomed large in the lives of children growing up in Clydebank. Nearly everone had a relative who worked in Singer's and Singer's large four-sided clock which towered over the town ensured that not one child could use the excuse "I didn't know the time" when late for school, curfew or anything else. It was not surprising then that someone invented a game called "SINGER'S ON FIRE!" which was very popular in the tenements that made up the Holy City where I lived.
"Singer's on fire" was not a difficult game to play, all that was required were a group of children, fearless and fast on their feet.
There were three homes on each floor of the close and ideally, there would be one child for every door on all floors. Once everyone was in place, the children on the top floor would bang loudly on their allotted door, ring the bell and scream "Singer's on Fire" then make a mad dash to the floor below where the process would be repeated, this time with six kids and so it carried on til the ground floor was reached then everyone scrambled to escape out of the close with angry neighbours in hot pursuit.
A great game if you didn't get caught but best not played in your own close.
A good game but one better not played in your own close.