There have been many common thread references to postal services or postmen in music and song throughout the years, particularly in the 1960’s. However, to find out that there is now, in 2018, a Royal Mail postbox ‘Singing Postbox’, is an unusual twist to the theme.
When growing up I much too young to see the Singing Postman, Allan Smethurst on Top of the Pops on the BBC. He appeared on the same edition of Top of the Pops as the Rolling Stones and for a brief period he was outselling both the Beatles and the Stones. He even won an Ivor Novello Award for best Novelty Song, ‘Hev Yew Gotta Loight, Boy?’, in 1966.
Many will remember, ‘Please Mr. Postman’ in 1961. It was the debut single by the Marvelettes for the Tamla (Motown) label. It was notable the first Motown song to reach the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.
However, everyone will recognise the iconic Elvis Presley’s hit single ‘Return to Sender’. It was performed by him in the film ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’, in 1962. The song was written by Winfield Scott and Otis Blackwell, peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and was the UK Christmas number one of 1962.
The Royal Mail has introduced unique audible postboxes in eight locations throughout the United Kingdom. These post boxes might look a bit more Christmassy than normal, but that's not the only reason why they're special… they sing to you Christmas jingles when cards are posted. These range from the sound of sleigh bells, to a jolly season’s greeting from Father Christmas.
To begin with Royal Mail set up four 'singing' boxes - in London, Cardiff, Belfast, and Edinburgh. They were so popular, four more have been added - in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham.
Here's where you can find them
• London: Greenwich Promenade.
• Cardiff: 29 Queen Street.
• Belfast: 4 Wellington Place.
• Edinburgh: 137-141 High Street.
• Glasgow: Queen Street.
• Liverpool: Lime Street Station.
• Manchester: Princess Street.
• Birmingham: Colmore Row.
Read the full information here:
Christmas 'singing' postboxes | Royal Mail Group Ltd
We’ve launched four ‘singing’ postboxes in locations across the UK. The boxes are located in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast and will be in place for the entire festive season.
It may be too late to send a letter to Santa, via a ‘Singing Postbox’, but not for finding a bargain for Christmas or in the New Year sales.
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