Postman Pete’s special delivery

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A POSTMAN who is set to step down received a special delivery from those on his round - presents and a party in his honour.

Pete Nelson from Pocklington’s Sherbuttgate Estate has been the local postie around the Ellerton area for six years and has made a huge impression on the residents.

However, the early riser is approaching 63 years of age and decided it was time to step down, but not before the locals organised a surprise bash at the local Boot and Shoe Inn.

Following a whip round from some generous locals, he was handed a cheque for over £1,125 and a commemorative plaque from the local parish council which will be fixed to a bench near the village pond.

He said: “I was lured there [the Boot and Shoe Inn] and it was a bit of a surprise, but it was excellent, the place was packed and it was a humbling experience.

They did a rendition of Postman Pat but changed it to Postman Pete with different words, which was excellent.

“The people have been the salt of the earth, they are brilliant and I’m proud to call them friends.

“I have to say that this is the first time that I can recall a seat being dedicated to a person who is still alive! Hopefully I will be coming over to the village to sit on it for many years to come.”

One Ellerton resident said: “Pete does a brilliant job for us. He gets the post through in all weathers, always smiling and with a friendly word for everyone.

“He has to negotiate overhanging shrubs, dogs, wheelie bins, unusual postboxes, long paths, farm tracks and hazards, but with never a word of complaint.

“He’s a friend to many in the villages he serves and will be really missed.”

Peter will be officially stepping down in July after nine years working for Royal Mail.

To show his appreciation, he has even dropped a personal thank you letter to every house on his round, and admits that he feels it’s the right time to step down.

He explained: “It’s been a couple of really bad winters, the one we had two years ago was bad enough but last year was horrendous.

“I think it’s time for a bit of me time!

“It’s going to take a little time to get used to not having to get up at 5.30am and having just a few hours sleep!”