A POST box topper has been completed in honour of a postman who worked in Didcot for 32 years.

“Yarnsy”, an anonymous post box topper crocheter, has designed the topper in Broadway in memory of Alan Dodd.

Mr Dodd, who passed away at the age of 66 on June 2, was a “much-loved and helpful” postman who worked in his home village of East Hagbourne and throughout Didcot.

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Christina Moxon, a family friend of Mr Dodd, said: “He always went out of his way to help others. He has a family who he adores, always talked about his daughter and Alison watching football.

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“He had had a lot of friends outside of work also who met up for drinks at the social club.”

“Yarnsy”, who also decorates the box in Haydon Road, created the topper as a surprise for Mr Dodd’s family at his funeral yesterday (29).

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The funeral procession passed the post box at about 12.15pm which features a Royal Mail van, a little black cat and Mr Dodd in a yellow jacket.

In a note left on the topper, “Yarnsy” said: “I smile and chuckle all the while, all filled with deep content, I smile and smile because I have, the letter that you sent.

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“In honour of Alan Dodd, a respected and much-loved member of the Didcot Post Office team from 1990 – 2022. Alan will be missed by many.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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