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Post Office ingenuity at work

An old soldier’s heartfelt plea to find an army pal from the past found its way from Australia to the Paisley Daily Express – despite having no address on the envelope.

Good luck – and a little help from the Post Office – ensured the letter found the best place to get publicity.

It was addressed simply to: “Any morning paper in Paisley or Glasgow, Scotland.”

The sender, Kenneth Shallow, from South Australia, is looking for Ray Rawlings, with whom he spent time in the Royal Army Service Corps in 1959-60.

He wrote: “I’m afraid that I don’t know the names or addresses of the newspapers in Glasgow but would appreciate it if you could publish this request.”

Martin McPhee, from Paisley Royal Mail, told the paper: “We use a lot of machines these days but a letter such as this one can only arrive at the right place with a bit of human ingenuity.”

He said the letter would initially have arrived in London, been sent north and then, thanks to the local ‘postie’, would have been delivered to the best place.

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