Ambrose rolls back the years to honour his first customer

Ambrose Laverty (left) who retired from Ballycastle's Ann Street Post Office last weekafter 14 years service brought his very first customer from those years ago, Mrs Mary McAuley, to present her with a hamper. Included is Ambrose's colleague, Eleanor Christie, and Mr Francis McAuley.INBM14-14 118LMM

Ambrose Laverty (left) who retired from Ballycastle's Ann Street Post Office last weekafter 14 years service brought his very first customer from those years ago, Mrs Mary McAuley, to present her with a hamper. Included is Ambrose's colleague, Eleanor Christie, and Mr Francis McAuley.INBM14-14 118LMM

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When Ambrose Laverty was planning his farewell at Ballycastle Post Office where he has been employed for the last 14 years, one of his priorities was to bring back his first ever customer.

Mrs Mary McAuley was the first person through the doors when the shutters went up all those years ago and Ambrose still has a clear recollection of that day.

It meant so much to him at the time that he had a picture taken and last Tuesday night he again had the occasion recorded when Mrs McAuley returned along with her husband, Francis, daughter, Christine and her husband, Paul McCollum.

Ambrose presented Mrs McAuley with a hamper full of goodies and thanked her for taking the time and effort to come along and make his retirement all the more special.

Mrs McAuley was delighted to receive the gift and wished him all the best when he finished his work.

Ambrose was joined for the presentation by his colleague, Eleanor Christie, who has also been with the Post Office for a number of years.

Ambrose is planning a new career in politics should he be successful in the forthcoming local Government elections for the new district councils. He will stand as an Independent.