ROYAL Mail staff at Warrington Sorting Office delivered a fitting tribute to a postman who served the town for 22 years.

Norman Titchard worked as a postman from 1968 to 1990 – a job that he loved since his first day in the post.

In tribute to his many years of service, his funeral cortège paused outside of Warrington Sorting Office on its way to St Barnabas Church on Lovely Lane yesterday, Monday.

To his family's surprise, Milner Street was lined with around 100 staff members from Royal Mail.

His son Stuart, 49, said: "Dad was a postman for 22 years and he had to retire partly due to ill heath and partly due to my mother falling ill.

"He looked after her for the best part of 30 years before she passed away last year.

"The funeral director asked us if there was any particular route that we would like to take.

"We thought it would be fitting to pause at the sorting office – we never expected what happened next.

"We have some friends who work in the post office and we mentioned it to them.

"Yesterday as the car stopped on the corner of Milner Street we could see this sea of orange.

"It was a very emotional feeling that so many people had turned out to wave him off."

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PICTURED: Norman Titchard

Dad-of-five Norman, who lived in the town centre, died on January 2 at the age of 88.

He leaves behind a loving family including 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Stuart added: "He loved being a postman. He had a regular round in Stockton Heath and Appleton.

"He constantly talked about the people he knew and the friends he made along the way."

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