Last post for Milland postie

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He has driven some 300,000 miles around the lanes of Milland delivering countless thousands of letters and parcels over the last 37 years.

Now Keith Jones has decided it’s time to hang up his postie’s mail bag and call it a day.

“I am going to miss Milland and miss all my customers, I have really got to know a lot of people over the years,” said Keith.

“But at 64 years and nine months, I think it’s time to go!”

Keith who lives across the Hampshire border in Bordon, said he and his wife Linda had no plans to leave the area.

But the first thing on the agenda has been to book a month long holiday travelling by car to Spain and Portugal to spend time getting to know parts of the countries they have not visited before and taking more time to enjoy the travelling.

And on Sunday his many customers and friends will be bidding him and Linda a fond farewell at a goodbye party to be held in the Rising Sun pub in the centre of the village.

Among the gifts will be a special present from the many dogs and cats Keith has also made friends with in the course of his daily deliveries.

One of the party organiers, Val Porter, editor of Milland News told the Observer: “Keith will be hugely missed.

He is very popular with all his customers and their dogs – who all get a biscuit when he comes to deliver the post!”

Keith joined the Milland postal round in April 1974 having started as a postman in Petersfield in 1969.

He covered more than 160 Milland addresses, including the Foley estate, part of Wheatsheaf Enclosure and Hatch, Forest Mere, Stocklands, Ripsley, the Black Fox and a stretch along Portsmouth Road, the whole length of Milland Lane down to Milland crossroads and Cartersland, Rake Road as far as New Barn and Great Trippetts.

He also covered all of Cooks Pond Road, Borden Village and, finally, Rondle Wood and Trotton Hollow – a round trip of some 30 miles a day.

For many years this round was carried out six days a week, until more recently it was cut to five.

He has been based for most of his 37 years with Royal Mail at the Liphook sorting office.

His last delivery to homes in the area will be on Saturday.