Card meant to go from Downham Market to St Germans ends up in Japan

Lost Christmas Card posted in Dowhnam Market on December 1st 2016 and arrived over a month later via Japan'Louise and Paul Shanks with the card and envelope ANL-160901-175510009
Lost Christmas Card posted in Dowhnam Market on December 1st 2016 and arrived over a month later via Japan'Louise and Paul Shanks with the card and envelope ANL-160901-175510009

Letters can sometimes go astray, but things went massively wrong for a Christmas card which was supposed to travel a 10-mile distance – and ended up in Japan!

Paul Shanks was bemused to receive an envelope clearly marked with his St Germans address land on his mat with the postmark “missent to Japan”.

That means that it had undergone something like a 11,720-mile round-trip to Tokyo and back.

Marion Martin had posted the card in Downham on December 1 but it only arrived on Thursday last week after travelling across the world.

Mr Shanks, who is the headteacher of Gaywood Community School, has Tweeted Royal Mail to share the joke.

He said: “I think it is really funny that a letter which was posted in Norfolk to an address in Norfolk was sent to Japan.

“What it must have cost to post the letter to Japan and back again must have been more than the value of the stamp.”

Royal Mail says cases like this are extremely rare and has apologised.