Northern Ireland

Roastie from the postie: How a first class spud crossed Irish Sea

Posted potato Image copyright Dermot Bradley
Image caption The potato was sent to Dermot Bradley as a thank you from his sister

It was a food delivery to home with a difference after a first class spud made it from England to Londonderry in the post.

A lone Maris Piper potato made it all the way across the Irish Sea, with nothing but a stamp on it.

It could have been a mash-up, but duly arrived in one piece at its destination on Saturday.

A postman called to the home of the Bradley family in Oakbridge Park telling them: "Parcel - take it or leave it".

Traditionally a staple of the Irish diet, the spud was sent by Dermot Bradley's sister-in-law, Edel, from Birmingham as a thank you for helping organise her potato-themed wedding.

Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle's Lunchtime with Mark Patterson programme, Dermot said he was astonished when he saw the delivery with a difference.

Image copyright Edel Johnson
Image caption Edel and her husband Jason on the peace bridge

Eyes as wide as saucers'

"My 11-year-old son answered the door and he came in with his eyes as wide as saucers and he just stood there with the spud in his hands," said Dermot.

"We just erupted into laughter.

"The postie told me that in 14 years, that was the most unusual delivery he ever made."

Image copyright Edel Johnson
Image caption The spud themed wedding - the tubers were as decorations

After the hot potato pandemonium had died down, the Bradley family noticed a message on the back of the spud thanking Dermot for a wonderful wedding.

"Edel's been living in England for a long time and she decided to come back to Derry to get married," he said.

"Ireland being synonymous with the spud, she decided to have a spud-themed wedding.

"She's a good, practical Derry woman so she went and bought two stone of spuds to decorate the hotel."

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Media captionDermot said he was astonished when the spud was handed over by the postman

Royal Mail do indeed get some very intriguing items sent through the post and are often surprised in the "sauté office".

A spokeswoman said: "We've had traffic lights, insects, lizards, live scorpions, fruit and even prosthetic limbs.

"However, unwrapped items of food that are perishable should not be sent in the post as they could damage other customers' mail and our own machinery.

"We strongly encourage customers not to post anything into the postal system which is not properly packaged or is on our restricted list. Customers can obtain advice from any Post Office branch on packaging and restrictions."

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