Worst class post: Forgotten letters found at the bottom of busy postbox… after amost a quarter of CENTURY

September 27, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Royal Mail bosses have been left baffled after bungling posties failed to collect letters from a “forgotten” postbox at one of the country’s busiest train stations – for 23 years.

Stunned builders working on the multi-million pound renovation of Birmingham New Street Station found the dusty old letters dating back to 1989 when they removed the dormant box last week.

Workers say they cannot understand how the letters escaped the notice of postmen who failed to empty the box – which sat in full view of thousands of commuters – for over two decades.

Nikee Clynes, Station support assistant for Network Rail holds some of the forgotten letters by spot where the post box used to be

Nikee Clynes, Station support assistant for Network Rail holds some of the forgotten letters by spot where the post box used to be

Royal Mail are now attempting to send the post on to their rightful destinations – but say they have no idea why the letters weren’t collected.

The box was sealed earlier this year following complaints passengers had caught their fingers in the narrow flap.

It was taken out of service as part of new security measures at the station and an “out of action” sign hung across it.

Mr D Jones of Norwich never received this post card from somebody saying that they loved him

Mr D Jones never received this post card from somebody saying that they loved him

This first class letter to London should have arrived the next day, but has spent almost a quarter of a century at the bottom of the post box

This first class letter to London should have arrived the next day, but has spent almost a quarter of a century at the bottom of the post box

This moving letter never got to where it was suppose to go when it was posted 23 years ago

This moving letter never got to where it was suppose to go when it was posted 20 years ago

It was only when some of the dusty correspondence was opened that stunned staff realised how long the envelopes had lain unnoticed.

The post includes around a dozen letters, two postcards to Australia and a charity cheque.

One worker said: “We didn’t know it was there, to be honest.

“It was unbelievable to find the thing stuffed with old letters.“

A spokesman for Network Rail added: “For security reasons many mailboxes have been removed from stations but presumably it seems the post in this one was just missed.

The main concourse at New Street Station where the postbox was located. The letters were found by workmen renovating the busy building

The main concourse at New Street Station where the postbox was located. The letters were found by workmen renovating the busy building

Birmingham New Street Station, which is one of the busiest in the country

Birmingham New Street Station, which is one of the busiest in the country

“There were letters that were meant for Australia and America and postcard to people’s friends and family in there, just lying under a thick layer of dust.

“We couldn’t believe it would be missed by anyone. But with the greatest will in the world we’re not in the mail delivery business.”

Royal Mail is equally baffled by the discovery and will now try to get the post to the rightful addresses.

A spokesman stressed: “We would not seal the box with letters still in it.

“We believe customers continued to post letters, oblivious to the fact it was not being emptied.”

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