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PUBLISHED: 21:37 30 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

AN EX-PAT American gave Suffolk's postal service the stamp of approval after striking up a wager - with himself!

Mental health worker Richard Keating-Fedders was so impressed with his village postie that he bet himself a beer that he wouldn't receive a cryptic holiday postcard he had addressed with the bare minimum of information.

AN EX-PAT American gave Suffolk's postal service the stamp of approval after striking up a wager – with himself!

Mental health worker Richard Keating-Fedders was so impressed with his village postie that he bet himself a beer that he wouldn't receive a cryptic holiday postcard he had addressed with the bare minimum of information.

"I was in Copenhagen for the weekend a few weeks ago," he said. "My wife and I were talking about Royal Mail and I mentioned how impressed I was with it. To prove my point I decided to send myself a postcard using an alias. I addressed it to myself with the bare minimum of an address (actually only using 12 characters). I only used my initials, postcode, and the letters "UK". About a week after I sent it my postman knocked on my door early one morning, pointed at the post card, and then he apologised saying "it should have been here sooner because he had been on holiday". I was duly impressed and promised him a beer."

Father-of-three Mr Keating-Fedders, who works as an assistant project manager with East Suffolk Mind after moving to Nedging Road, Nedging Tye, from Seattle two years ago, reckoned that Suffolk's postal service was far better than in his home country.

"They do a really good job," he said. "My wife grew up in Copdock and she wanted to come back. We haven't experienced any problems with our post."

But no one could be more surprised by winning a beer than postman for 14 years, Bob Ainsley.

"I've never come across anyone putting me to the test like this," he said. "But now the beer's on him!"

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