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Postcard arrives in Ipswich 83 years after being sent
By Richard Haugh
BBC Suffolk

Back of the postcard from 1927
The postcard bears a King George V stamp

A postcard from Exeter Cathedral has arrived in Ipswich, 83 years after it was sent.

The back of the black and white photograph bears a stamp of King George V, the monarch at the time, with a postal mark of 21 JU 27.

Glynis Cook found the postcard, addressed to Miss Rix, on her doorstep in July 2010.

"I imagine it got lost somewhere between Exeter and Ipswich for 83 years," she said.

A second, more recent, postal mark from Ipswich has obscured a large part of the writing and it's difficult to read in full.

Postcard of Exeter Cathedral
The front of the postcard is a 'real photograph' of Exeter Cathedral

But there's talk of the sender, which appears to be either Bobs or Babs, having been to Ascot, on a train ride to Exeter and on to Moretonhampstead, part of the Dartmoor National Park which is "similar to Martlesham".

"I went out to work as usual and came back and there was a postcard dated 1927 on my doorstep," said Glynis, who has lived at the address for a year and a half.

"You sometimes get postcards through that look old, then I realised the stamp was George V and that it had been lost for 83 years."

Glynis has already started trying to find out more about Miss Rix in the hope of passing the postcard on to the intended recipient, or a relative.

"It would be nice to see if she's got any family still in Ipswich - they might want to know about their nan or mother, it would be nice.

"Maybe someone in the family wants it, otherwise I'll put it in a frame and keep it."

Was the postcard re-sent?

Glynis Cook with the postcard from 1927
Glynis hopes to pass the postcard on to its intended recipient

A spokesperson for Royal Mail says they often hear about items of post turning up years after they were sent but doubts the Exeter postcard has been in their possession since 1927.

"It is extremely unlikely that this item of mail was in our system all this time.

"It is difficult to speculate what may have happened, but almost certainly it was put back in a post box very recently, as we regularly check all our sorting offices and machines are cleared."

If you can help Glynis with information on how to contact Miss Rix, who lived in Cemetery Road in Ipswich, or her family please e-mail: suffolk@bbc.co.uk

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