Is this Sussex's slowest letter?

Postal workers took almost three months to send a letter just 12 miles, it has been claimed.

The letter, addressed to Millie Coppard, 97, was from the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, giving the details of a hospital appointment.

The letter was posted on October 26, but was only received by Mrs Coppard on Monday (Jan 24).

By the time the letter arrived, Mrs Coppard had missed her November 9 appointment to have her pacemaker checked.

Mrs Coppard’s son Leslie, of School Field, Barcombe, near Lewes, said: “The letter was for my mother because I deal with her correspondence.

“She is 97 and has a pacemaker and had an appointment to check it was operating properly.

“Luckily it wasn’t an emergency, but it is still something you would want to know about."

However Mrs Coppard’s three month late hospital appointment letter is thought to be the most delayed piece of correspondence in the county.

The Royal Mail yesterday insisted there were no delays in the network in October.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "Without examining the item in question, it is difficult to explain what may have happened but it is unlikely that the letter has been in our system for that length of time. It is most likely that it has been put back into the system and subsequently delivered."

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1:32pm Wed 26 Jan 11

tom servo says...

Another non-story.
"Is this Sussex's slowest letter" ...possibly. "Is this Sussex's crappiest paper" ...definately.
Another non-story. "Is this Sussex's slowest letter" ...possibly. "Is this Sussex's crappiest paper" ...definately. tom servo

3:25pm Wed 26 Jan 11

Sussevingian says...

Another bland denial by Royal Mail that nothing is wrong. Reminds me of Baghdad Bob in 2003 who assured us that his side was winning even as allied tanks rolled behind him. 'Letters? What late letters? There are no late letters.'

Something is very wrong at Royal Mail. ALL of our post takes measurably longer than it did a year or two ago, in some cases far longer. My theory is that RM has a severe, systemic mismanagement problem which, if it became generally known, would cause people to lose all confidence in it.
Another bland denial by Royal Mail that nothing is wrong. Reminds me of Baghdad Bob in 2003 who assured us that his side was winning even as allied tanks rolled behind him. 'Letters? What late letters? There are no late letters.' Something is very wrong at Royal Mail. ALL of our post takes measurably longer than it did a year or two ago, in some cases far longer. My theory is that RM has a severe, systemic mismanagement problem which, if it became generally known, would cause people to lose all confidence in it. Sussevingian

3:58pm Wed 26 Jan 11

Masterchav says...

Well I've received today a letter that was posted first class on 23rd December in Cardiff. That's over a month between posting and delivery (incidentally enclosing a cheque for rent). Nice work Royal Mail,you useless bunch of ****s

Security word: late-many (I kid you not)
Well I've received today a letter that was posted first class on 23rd December in Cardiff. That's over a month between posting and delivery (incidentally enclosing a cheque for rent). Nice work Royal Mail,you useless bunch of ****s Security word: late-many (I kid you not) Masterchav

4:18pm Wed 26 Jan 11

Morpheus says...

How can anybody know it is the slowest letter in the county? How does anybody know that there aren't others somewhere? What a stupid claim!
How can anybody know it is the slowest letter in the county? How does anybody know that there aren't others somewhere? What a stupid claim! Morpheus

8:30pm Wed 26 Jan 11

elsquid says...

I had an unexpected parcel delivered two weeks ago; the postmark stated August 2010. Perhaps the parcel the Royal Mail lost three weeks ago will arrive this coming August.
I had an unexpected parcel delivered two weeks ago; the postmark stated August 2010. Perhaps the parcel the Royal Mail lost three weeks ago will arrive this coming August. elsquid

9:01pm Wed 26 Jan 11

GRUMPAH says...

We are still waiting for a letter from the hospital in Haywards Heath that was posted on 14th December telling us not to come. We went last week!
We are still waiting for a letter from the hospital in Haywards Heath that was posted on 14th December telling us not to come. We went last week! GRUMPAH

3:35pm Thu 27 Jan 11

Pitviper says...

I had a guaranteed next day delivery before 9am arrive at 1pm the day after it was supposed to arrive ! A service that you pay extra for too!
I had a guaranteed next day delivery before 9am arrive at 1pm the day after it was supposed to arrive ! A service that you pay extra for too! Pitviper

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