Peterhead postie Philip completes his last round

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IT’s been 36 years since Philip Masson began his job at the Royal Mail sorting office in Peterhead and as he celebrated his retirement last week he was showered with gifts and good wishes.

The cheerful postie had been delivering mail around the Catto Drive and Crossfolds area for 28 years before he moved on to the Waterside area in 2003.

Philip is well known throughout the Peterhead area and has a close bond with his employees at the Royal Mail where he also acted as a representative for the union.

Last Tuesday, he was paid a visit from sector manager Bill Tulloch, returning officer Jim Niave from the Community Workers Union and Kenny West, first aid trainer.

Speaking to the Buchanie on his final day with the Royal Mail, Philip said: “I’ll be sad to go. It’s been my life for 36 years and there have been many changes since I began back in February 1975, the biggest being when we changed from two deliveries to one delivery a day.

“My favourite part of the job has been meeting all of the different colleagues, all the fun we’ve had and the camaraderie. I got a fantastic collection from them and a beautiful card which was made by someone on Glendale Road as well as some flowers for my wife, Lesley.

“Working with the union was a great part of the job and I was a representative for 30 years. It gave me great satisfaction.”

Sorting Office manager Gary Saunders said: “I’m really sad to see Philip go, we’ve worked closely over the years and he was a fantastic rep for the union. It will be like losing my right arm.”

Philip, of Forman Drive, has no plans for his retirement at the moment, however he enjoys golfing and the odd DIY job. He celebrated his retirement with his colleagues last Saturday at the Albert Hotel.