A village is celebrating after its popular postman retained his postal round, despite planned changes at Royal Mail.
Hundreds of householders in Boxford signed a petition to urge the now privatised company to allow Kevin Pike to stay on in the village, having worked there for four years delivering letters and parcels.
In July, Royal Mail announced that it was making adjustments to a number of postal delivery rounds. Despite customer recognition of Kevin’s hard work, a company spokeswoman was not able to confirm whether he would keep his round in the shake-up.
This week, Kevin learned he had retained his round, despite 41 more senior staff selecting their rounds ahead of him.
He said: “Because the rounds were being adjusted, the company thought the fairest way to allocate them was on basis of seniority. Those who’d been here the longest had first pick.
“I was really worried I might not be able to pick Boxford because there were 41 people ahead of me in terms of seniority. I thought that, by the time I got to pick, Boxford would have been taken.
“But I was really relieved when I found it hadn’t been, and I think the campaign by Boxford residents definitely helped me.”
He added: “I can’t thank the people of Boxford enough for supporting me and I’d like to say a big thank you to them.”
Kevin, who has worked for Royal Mail for 13 years, said his round now included part of Sudbury, too.
Campaign organiser and Boxford resident David Lamming said he was happy Kevin has kept his round and will continue to be the village’s postman – even if that was courtesy of his more senior colleagues not opting for the round, rather than any change of heart by Royal Mail management.
Royal Mail is changing its delivery methods to reflect fewer letters and more parcels.