Monday 29 May 2017

Sledge postie pair beat the freeze

Plucky posties refused to be beaten by the freezing weather
Plucky posties refused to be beaten by the freezing weather
Plucky posties refused to be beaten by the freezing weather
Plucky posties refused to be beaten by the freezing weather

A pair of plucky posties have refused to be beaten by the freezing weather gripping the country.

Husband and wife team Peter and Jill Garton have continued their rounds despite snow, ice and freezing temperatures.

The keen couple have even been using a sledge to make sure their customers in Ingham, Lincolnshire, get their mail. Peter, 51, and Jill, 49, met on the job and even had a "postie" wedding in their uniform.

Between them, the couple have more than two decades experience - Peter for 13 years and his wife for 11 years - and their love of the job has made sure sub-zero temperatures have not stopped them delivering people's mail.

Mr Garton said: "My round covers Ingham, which is about eight miles north of Lincoln, while Jill does the four villages before Ingham - Scampton, Aisthorpe, Brattleby and Cammeringham.

"It's all quite spread out so we tend to help each other out. I usually use my bike, but Jill has a postal van."

Their teamwork has been even more necessary in the cold snap, and the pair have resorted to using a sledge to drag the mail around.

"It's been quite bad up here," Mr Garton said. "We thought the weather would get better after Christmas but it just hasn't. We had a sledge hanging up the shed, so we thought we would use that to help.

"We're getting quite adept at using it to deliver post now. It's hard work though, it's hard on the legs."

Mr Garton said he and his wife had not missed a round yet, apart from one or two isolated farms they could not get to, and did not plan to.

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