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PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

YOU'VE heard of the post being late.

But what about it being transported into the future and arriving four days ahead of its time?

Joyce Steel should be receiving her Christmas card from her daughter Jessica Hawkins today – that's if the cancellation mark on the envelope is anything to go by.

YOU'VE heard of the post being late.

But what about it being transported into the future and arriving four days ahead of its time?

Joyce Steel should be receiving her Christmas card from her daughter Jessica Hawkins today – that's if the cancellation mark on the envelope is anything to go by.

But instead the seasonal greeting from Stowmarket arrived four days earlier on Monday – although the date was clearly marked December 21, 2001.

Grandmother Mrs Steel, of Buxhall, said of the bizarre delivery: "I noticed it because I always look at the front of the envelope at Christmas time to see where the cards have come from.

"I have never come across it before.

"A couple of my friends also had cards but they didn't check the post mark, although it must have been the same as mine.

"The post office are always being slated for being late, so it makes a nice change being early.

"It was obviously a clerical error. It is an easy thing to do. It was lucky it was a Christmas card because some documents could have been sent out to businesses on that day.

"However, I don't want anyone to get into any trouble over it. I just thought it was just a little bit of fun really."

A Royal Mail spokesman, said: "We would like to see the envelope in order to carry out a full investigation.

"We are meticulous in terms of setting the date on the machine and hand stamp correctly so people know accurately when their letters have been processed. We want our customers to be fully aware of when we get their make to ensure quality of service."


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