Confused residents put ordinary mail into Santa’s post box

16:23 07 January 2014

The box was intended for letters to Santa

The box was intended for letters to Santa

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It was a case of royal fail for some confused residents in east London who posted their every day mail into a bright green post box covered in multi-coloured stars, clearly signed for Santa’s letters.

The “real mail” spilled out of the festive post box when opened in the run-up to Christmas week.

Official Royal Mail pillars are deep red.

Around 20 items were discovered among the 500 children’s Christmas wish-lists bound for the North Pole, Havering Council elves confirmed this week.

One member of the public said: “Father Christmas’s post box was so realistic and confusing, that, when opened, a lot of ordinary mail was found inside, including pre-stamped Christmas cards to ordinary postal addresses!”

The box was placed near the Clock Tower end of Romford Market between December 6 and December 18.

An Elf, who works with Father Christmas, said: “We really look forward to getting the letters from Romford Market and this year Father Christmas wrote back to almost 500 children. Christmas is a very busy time for everyone and if real cards ended up in the box by mistake, they were immediately re-directed by one of us.”

The story echoes that of half-blind 91-year-old Alf Spence, of North Yorkshire, who discovered he had been posting his letters in a red dog poo bin for two years.

Early Victorian-era Royal Mail post boxes were painted green.