A postmistress who has run her village post office for more than 20 years, without ever taking a day off, has been presented with the British Empire Medal.
Sixty-four-year-old Sally Mann, from Carlton, was one of only two Cambridgeshire residents to receive the award in this year’s New Year’s Honours list.
She has run the post office in the Ellesmere Centre, Stetchworth, on her own for 22 years, as well as a pop-up post Office at a shop in Six Mile Bottom one afternoon a week for 20 years. “If I stayed at home the post office would be shut which is not an option as far as I’m concerned,” Mrs Mann said. She chose to receive her award, for services to Stetchworth, in front of her family and friends on Sunday when the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Hugh Duberly, visited the centre.
“If I had gone off somewhere like The Shire Hall then it would have only been me and my husband and it would have been quite a stuffy affair,” said Mrs Mann. “It made it a special event being surrounded by people who know me.”