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telegram boys

Reminisce about days gone by in the job.How it used to be what you miss and how things have changed.This is an open forum.
kenturion
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Post by kenturion »

I was in Slough 1958/59 as a telegram boy. The happiest working days of my life. Any others who did the job will know what I mean. Bombing round town on the iconic red Bantams. All part of a bygone age that sadly can never return. My compliments to everyone else that lived the dream.
buttons
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Re: telegram boys

Post by buttons »

i was a telegram boy back in 1961 at clapham london s w 4 on pushbikes then transferred to motor bikes at tooting sw17 in 1962,best time of my life,1963 was a very heavy winter even thou we still went out on our deliveries on our bantems.i worked my way upto manager and served 38 years service great times.


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rayblack
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Post by rayblack »

I started work in Omagh head office in 1968 as a small 15 year old.Work started at 9.30 in the morning to 5.30 in the evening except Saturday which was 4.30.I was the only telegram boy in the office which was usually quite busy. The last bus home left at 6.20 which usually gave me time except when several telegrams in opposite directions arrived about 10 minutes before finishing time. I covered a five mile radius on a bicycle rain hail or snow but sometimes I would talk nicely to some of the drivers they would always help out . An hour in the sorting office every day was all part of the duty but no early morning deliverys until I was 18 except on my second Christmas when I had a small suburban delivery at 7.00am and back in time for telegrams at 9.30 am . Full pay was not paid until I was 21 even when I was doing the same full time delivery duties when I was 18. That was forty nine years ago and I am still with Royal Mail and am now the longest serving postie in Northern Ireland
Binsey
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Post by Binsey »

I started as a Postal Cadet in 1986.
Loved it us and all the other Cadets where up to all kind of shenanigans.....

All good though...
meresider
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Post by meresider »

anyone out there worked in NDO as a telegram boy from about 1979 im still here as a postman :nana
dazzaboy62
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Post by dazzaboy62 »

i started as a telegram lad in 1978 we had push bikes then 50cc puch mopeds i just missed the bantam era. summer good winters horrid with the cold clothing anyone remember them grumleweed type brown body warmer plastic things & the gloves with the reflective arrow on the back had to wear gloves underneath then postman when i was 18 ended up losing job through bad tim e keeping in 1988 (fool) always regretted it . ive now got an interview for postie just hope this wont go against me.
westy23
MAIL CENTRES/PROCESSING
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Post by westy23 »

meresider wrote:anyone out there worked in NDO as a telegram boy from about 1979 im still here as a postman :nana
Started at Ndo August 1970 as a indoor messenger otherwise known as a Pu18 ( postman under 18)
Still in the job as a 7.5 Mgv driver at Hcn..
Despite all the changes and moaning have always earnt very good money and made some good mates over the years.
Cranmermo
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Post by Cranmermo »

I started as a 'young postman' in 1965-South Kensington,SW7 office. Delivered telegrams in SW7 & SW3 (Chelsea) lots of influential people lived in those areas!
In 1966 I was asked if I would like to be a telegram boy (young Postman) in the Court Post Office in Buckingham Palace which I of course jumped at the chance!
There were 3 of us & 2 postmen delivering mail etc around the palace,met H M a couple of times & other members of the family-it was a privilaged position...we had a 3 course lunch every day ,served to us by servants in the servants hall.
Christmas was good-Royal household staff party in the state ballroom H M always made an appearance & we were also presented with a Christmas present-I remember getting a pen & pencil set & a Fortnum & Mason Christmas pudding in a box with royal emblem......great day's.
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