Press Release: Postman Roy


Roy Hadley, Harringworth’s postman for the last 30 years has been honoured by the villagers with a presentation in the village hall on Saturday 8 August.

Roy certainly made an impression on the village and by the turn out to bid him a fond farewell. Over sixty people joined him for coffee and a super spread of homemade cakes. It was clear he had established many friendships in the village during his 30 years’ service. One couple had come up from Kent for the occasion and another former villager now living in Bulwick popped over, too.

His smile and pleasant attitude did not go unnoticed and Roy certainly went the extra mile whilst delivering in the village. During the address by Chairman of the Parish Council, Simon McLean everyone learnt some interesting facts about Roy. One Christmas with a van full of parcels he couldn’t find anyone at home and it was suggested that many people were in the Church decorating it for the season, so he popped down in his van managing to find most of the recipients for his bundle of parcels.

Known for going the extra mile there were several examples of him running his own redirection service when someone has moved house within the village and it was only when he was on holiday did the odd letter go astray!   He even collected outgoing letters from one house, even though the letterbox was just down the road.

Roy also delivered to part of Gretton village and it was from there he would buy his daily paper and after completing his round in Harringworth he would take a break to read it sitting in his van overlooking the valley at the top of Green Lane.

Apparently, Roy was rather partial to fish and chips and the end of his working day on a Friday it was his special treat before heading back – resulting in the driver of his van on a Saturday having to put up with the stale fishy smell!

A collection had been made in the village for Roy’s fond farewell and Simon McLean on behalf of Harringworth presented him with a cheque for £650 and a bouquet of flowers for his partner Margarita.

Described by his former colleagues as a cracking guy everyone loved Roy. Harringworth will miss you!