Bickley: Card was in the post..for 29 years

Mair and Billy Murdoch with the postcard

Mair and Billy Murdoch with the postcard


Royal Mail could not blame the snow on this occasion after it delivered a postcard nearly three decades after it was sent.

Bickley residents Billy and Mair Murdoch were on holiday at Mr Murdoch’s late parents’ Inverness home when a postal worker dropped a card through the letter-box demanding £1.18 underpaid postage on an item.

On collecting the postcard, which had a 14p stamp on it, the couple were astonished to see it had been sent to Mr Murdoch’s parents Willie and Edith in 1981.

It came from their neighbours, Sandy and Jean Tulloch, who were holidaying in Wales at the time but who have also since died.

Mr Murdoch, 60, of Bickley Park Road, said: “It was a big surprise. It brought back a lot of memories. We were very friendly with the Tullochs – they were very nice people.

“We were lucky we were on holiday as the card said the post office would destroy any uncollected items after three weeks.”

The card reads: “You will soon be home and we know you will have had a great time. Great wedding and sight-seeing in London. This is the place to relax, all lovely walking hills and friendly folks. See you soon, love Jean and Sandy.”

Mr and Mrs Murdoch are baffled as to where the postcard has been for nearly three decades. It was franked at a sorting office in Llangollen but when Mr Murdoch, a retired project manager, called the office, he was told it had not used a franking machine for several years.

He added: “It’s a mystery. They said they doubt it has been going round in the system for that long but we don’t know where it’s been. It’s in very good condition. It looks almost brand new. It must have been kept out of sunlight because it’s not faded. We will probably frame it.”

Mrs Murdoch, 59, said: “My daughter summed it up when she said: ‘This postcard has been around as long as I’ve been alive’. It just hit us really how many years it’s been about.”

Royal Mail agreed to refund the extra postage as 14p had been the right amount when it was sent.

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