A postcard sent from Chile in South America has reached its recipient in England 30 years after it was sent.
The postcard was sent by Neil Crocker from Chile in 1991 when he was serving in the Royal Navy, returning from the UK’s Falkland Islands, where he was serving aboard the Cumberland.
The card finally arrived at Crocker’s father-in-law’s home in Dorset, southwest England, earlier this week.
Crocker said he was “shocked” to see the postcard three decades after it was sent.
The ship returned to the United Kingdom after a three-month tour of the Falkland Islands and a five-day layover in the Chilean coastal city of Valparaiso.
Crocker said he “loosely” remembered writing and sending the postcard, commenting that “the weather and the beaches were fantastic.”
“I sent a number of postcards back home in England and never thought about it again,” Crocker said.
He added that his father-in-law, 89, was “slightly confused” when he received this card in the mail.
The card bears the postmark ‘London 1991’, and shows it had not arrived in the UK at the time.
“The card lay somewhere for 30 years in a sorting office and then finally made it to its destination – so this story is really pretty cool.”
This card carries a 22p postage stamp and also has three pin holes. Crocker speculated that it may have meant that it was attached to a notice board in a particular location.
He also said: “We’ll probably never know where the postcard was – it’s a mystery.”
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