A festive surprise three months late

Simon Hemingway received a postcard from his brother in Scotland, three months after it was sent.
Simon Hemingway received a postcard from his brother in Scotland, three months after it was sent.
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The festive season came late for a man who received a Christmas card three months after it was sent.

Simon Hemingway was shocked when a Christmas card from his brother came through the letterbox of his Pellon home three months after the big day.

The card, sent by second class mail, was processed on December 14.

Simon, 52, said: “My brother lives in Spain and was going to post them about a month before, but a couple of his English friends were coming back and said they would post them.

“It should have got here in good time, it’s a good job it didn’t have a cheque in it.”

Royal Mail spokesperson Ronit Wolfson said: “It is likely that this letter has been put back into the postal system, perhaps by somebody who found it. Once an item is in the postal system, Royal Mail has an obligation to deliver it and there are many of these instances each year, especially at Christmas. We are not aware of any delays to deliveries of mail in the Halifax area, so this has almost certainly been an isolated incident. Nonetheless, we would like to apologise to the customer for any inconvenience caused.”