First class servant to the town

PUBLISHED: 12:45 21 July 2006 | UPDATED: 22:00 28 May 2010

Keith Robinson, Paul Carse and Leslie Spriggs

Keith Robinson, Paul Carse and Leslie Spriggs

CHATTERIS postie Jack Shilling was a familiar face around the town during his 40 years with the postal service. This picture was taken in 1966 at a dinner held at the George Hotel, Chatteris, to mark his retirement. Mr Shilling spent his career at Chatter

CHATTERIS postie Jack Shilling was a familiar face around the town during his 40 years with the postal service.

This picture was taken in 1966 at a dinner held at the George Hotel, Chatteris, to mark his retirement.

Mr Shilling spent his career at Chatteris, his only break from service being during the Second World War.

For the first few years he was an auxiliary postman but became a fully fledged postman in 1936.

Although Mr Shilling officially retired in 1961 and was awarded the Imperial Service Medal, he continued in an unofficial capacity until 1966.

A dinner and entertainment was organised by the staff at Chatteris Post Office and was attended by Mr D Childs of the Union of Post Office Workers, Mr J E Headworth, Head Postmaster from Wisbech, and Mr N T Bryan, Postmaster at Chatteris.

Mr Headworth presented Mr Shilling with a Lloyd Loom chair and a bathroom cabinet.

- The three smart lads pictured above right played an important part in football matches at Fenland Park, Wisbech, during the 1950s.

Keith Robinson, Paul Carse and Leslie Spriggs acted as ball boys during the matches played by the Fenmen.

Wisbech player/manager Joe Robinson spotted the keenness of son Keith and his pals, and decided to give them a chance to help out at club matches.

The three friends were kitted out by their parents and even went along to the club's training sessions.

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