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He enjoyed playing golf and watching rugby – from his local club – Rochdale – to internationals and to league games at his hometown Wigan.
After two stints as an Operations Controller, in Eastern Postal Region and later with North East Postal Board, split by a spell as Head Postmaster Sheffield Ken returned to Manchester as the District Head Postmaster (one of the UK’s big five offices).In his early days in the TA Ken was definitely a “Folkestone Fusilier”, spending most of his annual camps there.He was always the centre of any fun, good times, good humour or prank.My enduring memory of him is in the old Mess bar at Mill Hill, climbing onto the bar, turning his back to the crowd & performing a back somersault, to land on his feet in their midst!
What a glorious & memorable character, who we all remember with deep affection.He relocated to Manchester in 1960 & shortly after that to the West Midlands where he was an Assistant Postal Controller Class 1 & later Postal Controller.Finally coming back to Surrey and working from Head Office in London.They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. We will remember them Extract from ‘For the Fallen’ (1914) by Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) Ken Barker was one of a line of distinguished Post Office Directors to command the Postal and Courier Services TA.