Vil­lagers bid farewell to ‘ex­cep­tional’ postie

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

A well-loved post­man who cov­ered Ald­ing­ton and Bon­ning­ton was cel­e­brated by res­i­dents at a re­tire­ment bash.

Martin Bea­gley, 59, fin­ished his 17-year postal round in style with a party at Ald­ing­ton Vil­lage Hall, or­gan­ised by the vil­lage com­mu­nity.

Co­or­di­na­tor Shirley Boards said: “It’s a well de­served re­tire­ment to put his feet up. I did it be­cause he has been an ex­cep­tional per­son.

“He kept his eyes on the com­mu­nity. He knew the peo­ple so well and he al­ways put him­self out.”

Mr Bea­gley and his wife met in the vil­lage as a re­sult of his rounds, and they are now set to move out of the county in his re­tire­ment.

Af­ter the event, he posted on the vil­lage Face­book group to thank res­i­dents, say­ing: “I’d like to thank you all for my gath­er­ing in the vil­lage hall. It was fan­tas­tic to see so many friends there.

“I am go­ing to miss all our chats and cof­fees, and es­pe­cially my four-legged cus­tomers. I wish all a happy and healthy sum­mer and will keep you up­dated on my re­tire­ment through here. Again thank you for your sup­port.”

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4727551

Post­man Martin Bea­gley with vil­lagers at Ald­ing­ton Vil­lage Hall

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