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Meet Jim: the longest serving postman in the West

Jim Cooper, from Blakeney in the Forest of Dean has just been given an award after becoming the longest serving postman in the west. Photo: ITV West Country

Another day at work for postman Jim Cooper - sorting the mail before he goes out on the rounds.

Except this day is a bit different. It marks his 40th year working for the post office.

Jim Cooper sorting out the mail before his round Credit: ITV West Country

And there's a surprise for him - he's being handed an award for his commitment.

His daughter Emily, a 4th generation postie herself after he great grandfather started the family tradition, says she's proud of her father's long service in the job he loves.

Jim Cooper with his family Credit: ITV West Country

My dad has given us a roof over our head, food in our bellies, because of his job working from the age he did.

– Emily Cooper

Jim is delivering to a community he knows well, among them is his own mum - where's there always time for a quick cuppa.

And his family aren't short of compliments either...

After 40 years the postie - who is known for wearing shorts all year - greets everyone with a smile.

But, despite his long service, he says he has no plans to hang up the shorts just yet.