Veteran mail man retires from his post

David Ormerod
David Ormerod

DAVE Ormerod has hung up his post bag after nearly half a century of delivering mail in 1066 Country.

The 65-year-old, of Albany Court in Robertson Terrace, gave 47 years of loyal service to Royal Mail and worked as a postman, based at the Hastings depot in Braybrooke Road, before he retired this month.

He said: “It was in July 1965 when I started my first round, which covered the Parker Road, Beaconsfield Road and Hughenden Road areas.

“My godmother was the mother-in-law of the assistant head postmaster at the time so I put my name down for a job. Before I started at the depot I worked at Currys for a year in Queens Road.

“Back in those days there were two deliveries done, one where we went out at 6.45am and the second around 10.45am. There were at least 100 postmen working around Hastings when I started. Now there are 80.

“We also used to go out in all weathers in the early days, even in the snow. Now postmen can’t because of various health and safety regulations.”

Mr Ormerod said in the 1960s there were usually two bags of post for each round, compared to eight now.

He added: “There is a lot more surplus mail and packages to deliver, as well as catalogue stuff. We used to finish by noon. Now most postmen are out delivering mail at 2pm.”

In all of the 47 years Mr Ormerod has been a postman, he recalls being bitten by a dog only twice. “The first time was in Hughenden Road and the second time within the last year,” he said.

Mr Ormerod became a familiar face in the town centre as his last round covered Robertson Street, Cambridge Road and White Rock, as well as the main shops and businesses. He did the round for the last 25 years.

Quite a few shopkeepers went to his farewell party at Walkers.

Mr Ormerod said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the job in the last 47 years and would not have wanted to do any other job. I shall miss all of the banter at the sorting office and working with a nice group of people.”