A newly restored mobile post office enjoyed its first outing for 30 years when it took part in the annual Lord Mayor’s Parade in London in November.
The vehicle, the second model of its kind, dubbed GPO2 after its licence plate, used to attend outdoor events and festivals, such as agricultural shows, providing postal, telephone and telegraphy services. It has an in-built posting box and stamp vending machine.
After five years under restoration, it was accompanied on the three-mile parade by staff of the British Postal Museum & Archive and members of the Postal History Society, watched by about 300,000 people.
An aide-de-camp posted some cards on behalf of the Lord Mayor when GPO2 reached his official residence, Mansion House.
The BPMA also produced and posted 150 postcards, bearing a specially designed cachet, and some are still available at £3.99. Tel: 020 7239 5125. www.shop.postalheritage.org.uk
The annual Lord Mayor’s Parade salutes the new figurehead of the City of London by travelling from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice, where he takes an oath of allegiance to the sovereign, before returning along Victoria Embankment.
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