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Ken was born in Wigan in November 1938 and had two hugely successful careers both which involved things of import to him – people and the post. They benefited from it by enjoying themselves – having a good time – or learning and being better fitted for their jobs.He was a huge character who easily filled a room – and often filled a bar!He was a terrific entertainer with his tales and his singing of anything from light opera to naughty ditties – but without any rude words. He would tenaciously pursue a correct and just cause with all his guile and energy.“Having a bit tonight” meant “rolly polly” – which was whatever you wanted it to be! In the toughest days Ken was a man to be working for as he never let his team down, nor would he accept a less than satisfactory solution.In his early days in the TA Ken was definitely a “Folkestone Fusilier”, spending most of his annual camps there.He was always the centre of any fun, good times, good humour or prank.
He returned to Manchester for his final appointment as DGM Royal Mail NWNW before retiring finally in 1998.
My enduring memory of him is in the old Mess bar at Mill Hill, climbing onto the bar, turning his back to the crowd & performing a back somersault, to land on his feet in their midst!
What a glorious & memorable character, who we all remember with deep affection.
A Lancastrian who joined the Post Office after leaving grammar school Ken’s career progressed through postal operations grades and he became Manchester’s youngest ever Assistant Head Postmaster in 1973 (at the age of 34).
After two stints as an Operations Controller, in Eastern Postal Region and later with North East Postal Board, split by a spell as Head Postmaster Sheffield Ken returned to Manchester as the District Head Postmaster (one of the UK’s big five offices).
In 1952 he moved from Dorset to Central London where he was an Assistant Postal Controller Cklass 2 & travelled the country marshalling the mail.