Postcard needs to get home to West Wittering

Ansar Ali, with his grandson Hashim Ali. Ansar Ali had a postcard delivererd to his house, with the right street number, but the wrong town and postcode!
Ansar Ali, with his grandson Hashim Ali. Ansar Ali had a postcard delivererd to his house, with the right street number, but the wrong town and postcode!

A boomerang postcard originally headed for West Wittering has been causing something of a headache for a man in Peterborough.

Last Friday Ansar Ali, 55, of Somerville Road, Peterborough received a post card addressed to a girl’s parents for the same number house, but in Somerville Road, West Wittering – more than 170 miles away.

The postcard was from Seaford in East Sussex from a girl letting her parents Mr and Mrs Macdonald know she was on holiday with Jade.

The respective post odes are PE1 2JD and PO20 8LX. It is thought the confusion arose because there is a village near Peterborough called Wittering.

Mr Ali, a community stalwart in his home town immediately popped the card back in the postbox on Friday morning.

“I thought it would be good to get it to the right person but on Saturday morning it came back again.

“My son happened to catch the postman and said ‘this is a problem, it needs to go to this other address’ and handed it to our post man.

Low and behold the post card returned to Mr Ansar on Monday morning which prompted him to contact the Observer.

“Really part of the problem is that she wants her mum and dad to know they are on holiday, I want to get this card to the rightful owner.

“I want them to know we’ve tried our very best to get this to them. I don’t expect this service from Royal Mail.”

Mr Ansar said the card even had a special Royal Mail stamp on the back which said ‘please write your post code clearly’ which he found amusing.

“I can’t imagine how anyone could write it more clearly,” he added.

He said he just wanted to make sure the family received the card

“My worry is concern for the parents.

“I’m sure they had a phone call as well but it would be nice for them to get the card too.”