A MUCH-LOVED member of the community has delivered her last letters after more than 20 years of ‘dedicated service’.
A farewell party for postie Elaine Murphy was organised by Milland residents, who waved her off in style.
More than 60 villagers turned out to Milland Village Shop on Tuesday to greet Elaine as she completed her last round.
Mary Turton, who helped to organise the event, echoed the voice of the village as she praised the postwoman.
“She has been absolutely wonderful,” said Mary.
“Elaine has given us Roll-Royce service, and has been a real friend to everyone, including cats and dogs, in Milland.
“She has always looked out for everyone, kept an eye on things for us, and on occasion hidden our post for us!
“We organised a cake for Elaine, with a Royal Mail van on it. I think she was fairly overwhelmed by it all, but we wanted to show how much we have appreciated her.
“It was such a lovely, sunny day for it, and she went home with a lot of presents from villagers who have enjoyed being greeted by a friendly smile.”
The village arranged a collection for Elaine, and amassed cards signed by residents from each street in the area.
“She is a very keen gardener,” said Mary.
“So we bought her some gardening vouchers. She always used to give us advice for our own gardens, so we thought it would be a good present. Everyone was so generous with their donations.
“I think she will enjoy getting used to the fact she hasn’t got to get up very early in the morning to complete the round,” she added.
Mary was helped by organiser Margaret Mason, and both would like to thank the village shop and residents for all their help and support with the send-off.
Philip Watts, chairman of Milland Community Shop, said: “Elaine Murphy will be greatly missed. Latterly she added collections from Milland Stores and always had a winning smile for the staff and volunteers working behind the till.”
John Collier, another familiar face in Milland was the spokesperson for the afternoon event, and thanked everyone for attending. He also read out sentiments written in the cards.