DIRECTORATE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS
The Saga of the Dead Donkey
By Dave Humphreys
I joined the HO in 1967 at Hannington when Andy Holdstock was the RWE with Donald Cross as the CWT. We often say that they were the best days of the Directorate.
Certainly privatisation was just a twinkle in the exchequers eye And a job for life was regarded by most as written in concrete .... it obviously never set!
I have often thought of compiling a "Tales of Tavistock" a compendium of mystery and imagination but perhaps this web site is the best medium of presentation since its appeal elsewhere would be limited.
As with most depots and departments they all had their characters, misfits and oddballs Tavistock was no exception: So perhaps to start, a story from one of the many that has now entered into the folk law and legend that is now part of Tavistock’s history.
I have selected on the basis of occurrence, ie: as I remember at the time of writing and not personal preference. This one I will call " The Saga of the Dead Donkey"
As you will recall we were not blessed with company cars and using Home Office vehicles was only allowed if it was overtly beneficial to the department. However rules were made to be bent or severely twisted and sometimes heaven forbid even broken, especially civil service rules.