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Nuneaton postman Alan Burnham is a first-class fellow with Rotarians who have voted him the community's Person of the Year.

The Rotary Club of Arbury has recognised the stalwart mailman by awarding him its annual vocational award.

Mr Burnham, a 57-year-old granddad who has been delivering post on the Griff, Bramcote and Burton Hastings rural route for nearly 32 years, has become a familiar face and a friend to locals.

Rotarian Peter Chapman said: ``His involvement in the local community is such that he is regularly invited to children's parties and other functions. He has also attended the funerals of some residents.''

The rotary club has presented him with an inscribed plaque and a cheque for Pounds 100.

Mr Burnham, who lives in Daniel Avenue, off Croft Road, Stockingford, said he was pleasantly surprised when he learned about the award.

He said: ``I'm just doing my job. There are lots of others who do their bit in the community, but I'm proud and honoured to have won. It makes me feel special.

``People in Burton Hastings say I deserve it, but I have always kept an eye on the elderly, just like the milkman. It's what anyone would do.''

Stockingford-born Mr Burn-ham has only about 300 addresses to deliver to, but his sprawling rural route covers 30 miles and includes farms - and Bramcote Barracks, on the outskirts of Nuneaton.

Father-of-three Mr Burnham, whose wife Doreen works in the sorting office at Nuneaton, added: ``When I started, a Christmas card always used to be sent from America to Burton Mary, Burton Hastings. I found out who she was.

``I learned then that the people were more important than the addresses.''
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Author:Evans, Steve
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 15, 1999
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