Rock legend Rick Wakeman visits village post office

Rick Wakeman at Coningsby Post Office with Sue Holmes, Jayne Marsh, Sharon Beamish and Sue Charlton. EMN-160408-135531001
Rick Wakeman at Coningsby Post Office with Sue Holmes, Jayne Marsh, Sharon Beamish and Sue Charlton. EMN-160408-135531001

Staff at a village post office near Boston received its own ‘special delivery’ recently ... in the form of prog rock legend Rick Wakeman.

The acclaimed musician made a surprise visit to the branch in Coningsby after it was selected as the main post office used to mail out the re-worked version of his 1975 album The Myths and Legends of King Arthur to his devoted fanbase.

Post officer worker Sue Charlton was quick to recognise the former Yes keyboard player, known also for his TV work including appearances on Grumpy Old Men.

Sue said: “I thought that looked like Rick Wakeman and it was!”

This year Rick has been particularly prominent as part of tributes to the late David Bowie, with him having played on Space Oddity, Life On Mars?, and a number of other Bowie tracks.

Rick’s connection with Coningsby comes through his associate Rob Ayling, who lives locally with his partner Sandy Clark.

Rob said: “I think it is really important to support our local businesses, especially the post offices.

“We all need to use them or loose them.

“In selecting Coningsby Post Office I know that Sharon and her team will go – and have gone – above and beyond.

“They handled a mail out in excess of £2,500 worth of postage, both professionally and efficiently in a matter of days.”

It is far from Rick’s first visit to the area, with him being a particular fan of The Gliderdrome in Boston – going as far to feature it in a TV documentary.

He said: “I am a keen to support local shops, especially the village post offices which sadly are becoming a dying breed. I was very pleased at Rob giving our business to Coningsby Post Office.”

Sue Beamish, the business owner, added: “It was really nice that Rick took the time to come in and thank us personally for all our hard work.”