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Memory Lane: These boys delivered Thatcher’s wedding cards, and horse racing tips

By Judith Hawkins

Memory Lane: Boy messengers in 1947. Photo courtesy of Michael Matsell.
Memory Lane: Boy messengers in 1947. Photo courtesy of Michael Matsell.

In his early role as a boy messenger, Michael Matsell remembers delivering Lady Thatcher’s wedding greetings.

He also relates how one night he and the other boys received a tip from a gentleman who, after receiving a telegram, said that the horse in the ‘wire’ would win the next day.

“All the boys put 2/6d on the horse, and the bet was given to a postman to put it on for us,” says Michael. “The horse came in at 30 to one. But when we asked the postman for our winnings, he said ‘Sorry boys I forgot to put it on’. We did notice later in the week though that he had a new Burtons suit on!”

Pictured from left are, David Simpson, Pat Marshall, Michael Matsell himself, Tom Northing, and Nipper Shannon.

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