Postal workers in the Isle of Wight were shocked today to discover an envelope posted on the island that did not have a little label with the senders’ address stuck carefully on the reverse side.
The Isle of Wight has a high proportion of pensioners and also is proud to be home to Britain’s most careful letter writers. ‘Any envelopes that are incorrectly addressed can always be easily returned to sender,’ said chief sorting officer Sarah Beaumont. ‘Sometimes they’re too mean to buy those little gold ones and they just use those free ones you get from the Woodland Trust or the RSPB.’
But now there are fears that Isle of Wight letter writers might start throwing caution to the wind; ‘It was like the crazy old lady just didn’t care’ said Ms Beaumont. ‘It was like she was saying – ‘I’m just going to post this letter and if they can’t find the right place – what the hell, I’ll just have to live with the consequences.’ It’s scary and dangerous, but there’s something attractively compelling about people who live on the edge like that.’
In the end the letter arrived safely at its destination and the order for new address stickers was quickly despatched.