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Postie with a Santa beard brings Christmas cheer to Murray Bridge
David Hills explains why he put a fuzzy white beard on the face mask he wears for his job.
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Father Christmas is usually pretty sneaky, but don’t be surprised if you see him delivering presents on an Australia Post bike this week.
Postie David Hills has got a few double-takes from Murray Bridge residents lately as he has gone about his round wearing a face mask with a fuzzy Santa beard attached.
He kitted out his bike with antlers and red ribbons to complete the festive picture.
“I guess I’ve always been one of the big kids,” he said with a grin.
“With the year everyone’s had, and obviously we're under pressure (at the post office) with requests for parcels and cards to be sent out, I just wanted to put a bit of cheer in the air.”
His mother-in-law made the mask, but it was his idea, he said.
He had to wear one as he went in and out of shops on his run – which takes in Standen Street, Verdun Road, Hill Street and the surrounding area – anyway.
So why not make it fun?
“Some kids gave me candy canes the other day,” he said.
“Even the elderly – I’ve got a lot of elderly on my round – they love it.
“They’re all starting to come out to the window now, looking for me.”
This will be Mr Hills’ first Christmas with Australia Post.
He spent the past few years as a parking inspector with the City of Adelaide, copping abuse from people racing to get their last-minute gift shopping done.
Delivering those gifts was better, he said – especially when he could bring smiles to a few faces while doing it.
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