(PRBuzz) June 6, 2012 -- Pensioner Albert Kingdom has been given a personal postal "bag" after his post box was deemed too dangerous to use.
The arthritis sufferer, 87, was concerned when Royal Mail removed the box in Twitchen, near South Molton in Devon, because it was fixed to a rotten post.
Mr. Kingdom has persuaded the post woman to collect his letters from a shopping bag hung on his garden hedge.
"People say there's been a postbox in our village for 100 years and I depend on it."
"I can't be bothered with email and I don't get out much because of my arthritis. Some say I should move to a town but I've got my wife, my mother and my brother buried in the churchyard and I want to stay here until my time comes."
"When they took the post box away it upset everyone in Twitchen. I asked our post lady to collect my mail from my garden hedge and she agreed to help as a favour. She's fantastic," says Albert Kingdom.
"The Twitchen post box, dating from the reign of King George V, who reigned on the throne from 1910 to 1936, was a type known as a 'Hovis Box'," writes Daily Mail.
Speaking on the issue, a Royal Mail spokesman said: "Unfortunately this box was fixed on a post which was rotten. It was a danger both to our collection staff and customers.
"Replacing it involves a lengthy process including an underground scan. This is a box which serves only six houses and we've got to justify whether in those circumstances we put it back.
"The post woman agreed to help Mr. Kingdom as a good deed. While we do make individual arrangements these are very rare and form no part of our legal obligations."