Delivered at last: Margaret Eastham with the long lost postcard
It's always welcome to find a postcard on the doormat from relatives enjoying themselves abroad.
But when 80-year-old Margaret Eastham picked up the black-and-white card delivered by the postman, she was stunned to read who it was from.
The cheery message was from her sister-in-law, Dorothy, who died four years ago – and was written way back in 1954 when she was emigrating to Malaysia.
Extraordinarily, the card took 57 years to make its way from a postbox in modern-day Yemen – where her ship had made a stop – to Preston, Lancashire.
'I really couldn’t believe my eyes,’ the grandmother-of-seven said yesterday.
'My first thought was that it was from my neighbours who are in India, but then I recognised the writing as Dorothy’s, only she died four years ago.'
'When I saw the date on the postmark, I was really taken back.'
'It is amazing really that after all this time it still arrived. And it is in excellent condition.'
'It is certainly a turn-up for the books.’