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Walcott remember devoted postman who served community for 30 years

PUBLISHED: 12:14 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:14 16 October 2017

A bench being unveiled in memory of Walcott's best loved postman. Picture: Maurice Gray

A bench being unveiled in memory of Walcott's best loved postman. Picture: Maurice Gray

Maurice Gray

A seaside village got together to celebrate and pay tribute to a long established and devoted postman, who spent over 30 years delivering letters, cards and packages, in and around Walcott and became part of the community while giving above and beyond his call of duty by helping others in the area.

As a tribute to Neville Amies, the Walcott Parish Council, together with the support of local residents have installed a bench seat, with a plaque dedicated to Neville, on the Walcott seafront

Representatives from Walcott parish council, the North Walsham Royal Mail sorting office, colleagues and residents gathered, with Neville’s brother John and family, to commemorate the bench to ‘Postie Nev’, a thoughtful, friendly postman.

“Neville would deliver the post disregarding the weather conditions and check on the vulnerable to make sure the elderly, in particular, were safe and warm,” his brother John recalled.

A spokesman for the Royal Mail said: “Neville Amies only went off sick, once in 30 years, and always had a friendly smile and a good word.”

Sadly, Mr Amies was diagnosed with bowel cancer and battled his illness for months with the hope of returning to his work. Unfortunately the disease had spread and he died in Priscilla Bacon Lodge, just one week after his 61st birthday.

Neville Amies lived in Swafield, near North Walsham, in the house he was born in.

He never married but was very close to his only brother, John, former Champion Speedway rider and his family.

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