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Post lady's retirement

Clayhidon's thankyou to post lady Marion
Thanks for everything: Richard Kallaway and parish councillors make a presentation to Marion Tuckey.

Clayhidon’s answer to Postman Pat has retired after 17 years chugging around the parish in her little red van with a box of dog biscuits.
Training puppies to sit when she arrived with the mail was Marion Tuckey’s survival strategy after she was savaged by a spaniel. 
Apart from the odd nip from a puppy and the occasional scrape trying to avoid other drivers in the narrow lanes, Marion’s long stint as much loved parish post lady has been quiet – sometimes a little too quiet.
“Some days I could go nearly the whole round without seeing another vehicle,” she said, “but I always knew that if I needed help and I just stood and shouted someone would come.”
Marion joined the Royal Mail 29 years ago, first as a casual and then as a full timer delivering mail around Hemyock on a bike. For the past 17 years she has looked after the 250 households of Clayhidon, plus the recent addition of 120 Hemyock addresses, a 48-mile round trip every day.
When the lanes were blocked with snow she and her husband Ken would battle through the drifts on foot to deliver the mail.
Parish Council chairman Richard Kallaway invited Marion and Ken to a reception at Crosses Farm on 30 October, where he thanked her for all she had done for the parish, especially for helping to publicise events at the parish hall.
“The people of Clayhidon wanted to have a collection for you because you have served so many of them so well,” he said before presenting her with cheques for £750 from the parish as a whole and £50 from the council.

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