Post Office Bantams

I read the April 2019 edition of The Classic MotorCycle with interest, particularly the article about the Post Office Bantam.

I started as a Post Office Telegram boy in 1966 and after a brief spell delivering telegrams on a push bike, I passed my driving test and progressed on to riding Bantams.

In those days they were the plunger framed versions but they were phasing in the bigger engine, swinging arm versions when I moved on to adult duties.

Whatever happened to the likely lads… Stuart Nicholson’s fellow GPO Bantam jockeys.

This was supposed to happen when you reached 18 but because of changes in the minimum age to ride motorcycles, the Post Office didn’t recruit any 16 year olds and those like myself who had reached 18 were kept on for a further year until the matter was resolved.

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