Family Photographs: Page Ten:

 The Postman's Walk was a walking race around the streets of London. The date these photographs were taken is not remembered, but was probably some time in 1968 or 1969 - the reason for thinking this is, that my father's short period of employment with the Post Office (he was there no more than a year before returning to his previous employment) coincided with the release of the song "Lily The Pink" by the group "Scaffold", which was at Number One in the charts for four weeks in the December of 1968 and was a firm favourite amongst the postmen of the South West District Office (S.W.D.O).

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Ernest "Sonny" Barnes (left) in the "Postman's Walk"

We'll drink a drink a drink to
Lily the pink a pink a pink
The saviour of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

Mr Frears had sticky out ears
And it made him awful shy
And so they give him medicinal compound
And now he's learning how to fly

Brother Tony was notably bony
He would never eat his meals
And so they give him medicinal compound
Now they move him round on wheels

We'll drink a drink a drink to
Lily the pink a pink a pink
The saviour of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

Well Ebenezer thought he was Julius Caesar
And so they put him in a home
Where they give him medicinal compound
And now his emperor of Rome

Johnny Hammer had a terrible stammer
He could hardly say a word
And so they give him medicinal compound
And now his seen and never heard

We'll drink a drink a drink to
Lily the pink a pink a pink
The saviour of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

Auntie Milly ran willy-nilly
When her legs they did recede
And so they hooked on medicinal compound
Now they call her Millipede

Jenifer Eccles had terrible freckles
And the boys all call her names
But she changed with medicinal compound
And now he joins in all their games

We'll drink a drink a drink to
Lily the pink a pink a pink
The saviour of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

Lily the pink she turned to drink she
Filled up with paraffin inside
And despite her medicinal compound
Sadly piccalilli died

Up to heaven her soul ascended
For the church bells they did ring
She took with her medicinal compound
Hark the herald angels sing

 
The Postmen of the South West District Office, London