Grantham Journal caricature: Michael Matsell

Mike Matsell of Redcliffe Road in Grantham.
Mike Matsell of Redcliffe Road in Grantham.
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Few people can claim to know a town as well as someone who has been employed as both a policeman and a postman.

Mike Matsell, who lives in Redcliffe Road in Grantham , left school in 1947 and swiftly joined the Grantham General Post Office as a telegram boy. After National Service he rejoined as a postman before being promoted to a postman driver. His last “post” in the postal service was as assistant inspector before he changed careers to join the police force.

In 1966 Mr Matsell became the first civilian fingerprint assistant in Lincolnshire Police. After being promoted to fingerprint officer he attended a course at New Scotland Yard and passed his exams to become a fingerprint expert.

After retiring from the force, Mr Matsell continued to work in a variety of Civil Service roles including at Lincoln Prison, at Lincoln Crown Court and at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

These days Mike is heavily involved in the goings on at his local church and is a regular contributor to our own Memory Lane.