Posted: December 2nd, 2020
TOM BANHAM, who died on November 2 , aged 86, was manager of the Mirror’s Holborn Post Room. Prior to that, he had worked in the Mirror’s famous Library.
Tom was a conscientious and helpful man, always calm and quiet. As Post Room manager, he was in charge of the teams of messengers who scurried about the estate with their trolleys and deliveries. The messenger pool was the start of many successful careers.
One of those messengers from the early days was Carol McNamara, who is now group pensions DC manager at Reach. She said: “Tom was a really lovely man. We all used to call him ‘Mr B’ and he used to look after all his post girls and boys. He was especially protective of the girls. He was also our very own bank. We used to get paid weekly then, and if we were running short he would sub us until pay day.”
Tom started working for the Mirror on August 1,1949 aged 15, and retired just over 45 years later in March 1995.
Carol added: “It’s so sad they are all leaving us, a definite sign of us getting old.”