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Based in Ship Street
The messenger boys were based at the rear of the Head Post Office in Ship Street; it had been there for over a hundred years. Because of National Service at 18 there was a big turnover in personnel. There were two intakes a year of six boys leaving school after fifteen. It was a popular job with lots of applicants, so there was an interview and an entrance examination.
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Freezing in winter
The telegrams were received in the telegraph room above the messengers’ rooms. When they had been received they were sent down by chute to the booking out officers below. We would be called in by turn; the younger boys travelled around the town on pedal cycles, the older boys by motor cycles in surrounding areas. In the winter time it was freezing, no thermals in those days.
This photo was taken for an outing to Battersea Funfair in 1956, for a lot of us it was just before our call-up for National Service.
Back Row – Brian Blacker, Ron Beal, Bob Older? Russ Perry, ?, ? John Tate, ?, ? , Doug Silverthorne, Bill Stone, Yvonne and Doug Raynsford, Betty and Roy Stringer, ?, Gwen and Ray Hoad.
Front Row – Wally Watman, Ken Brooker, ?, Gary Karadzus, Mick Raynsford, Bruce Hawkins, Brian Thurston + Girlfriend.