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.
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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.
He relocated to Manchester in 1960 & shortly after that to the West Midlands where he was an Assistant Postal Controller Class 1 & later Postal Controller.
Finally coming back to Surrey and working from Head Office in London.
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).
So the change of Corps and size were not exactly popular with anyone in the Group.
The fact that we became a recognised strength at Grantham was due entirely to Ken’s supportive leadership, his planning, inspiration, professionalism, determination and his tact and diplomacy.
The Mo D was indeed fortunate to have had the advice and guidance from this acknowledged expert in postal technology and mechanisation.