Where would Greendale be without its beloved postman and unofficial town counselor? With its focus on family, caring for others, and cultural diversity, Postman Pat has long been a favorite in the UK. Now, Postman Pat and friends have been re-packaged with a modern new look and a transatlantic journey for their U.S. debut on NBC qubo in October 2007. Here, Pat gives Parent & Child the scoop on how being the postman is so much more than just delivering letters — it's about bringing a town together.
Parent & Child: What made you first decide you wanted to be a postman?
Postman Pat: Growing up, the whole neighborhood looked forward to our local postman's deliveries of letters, packages, and postcards — what a great way to keep the community together!
P&C: When bad weather hits how do you and your "black and white cat" Jess still deliver the mail?
Postman Pat: In the close-knit town of Greendale, Jess and I can always rely on our neighbors to help out in a pinch.
P&C: Greendale seems like a beautiful place to live. What do you and your family like to do there when you spend time together?
Postman Pat: Yes, the town of Greendale is a beautiful place to live. My wife Sara, son Julian, and I enjoy participating in all that the community has to offer. There's the train station, local farms, cafés, and so much more.
P&C: Most everyone in Greendale relies on you for giving them great advice and helping them solve problems; but to whom do you turn when you need help?
Postman Pat: My neighbors and family, and even Jess the Cat, will always lend an ear, and my problems seem to disappear.
P&C: The train station seems to be the busiest stop on your route. What are some other stops of yours? Do you have a favorite?
Postman Pat: My favorite stop is where I start, picking up the post and chatting with Mrs. Goggins, because this means my route has just begun!
P&C: Is your son Julian interested in following in your footsteps?
Postman Pat: Oh, wouldn't that be fun to have two mail carriers in the family! I encourage Julian to explore his own interests, but you never know.
P&C: What can you tell people about how to still get the job done even when encountering one of their biggest fears — like yours of spiders?
Postman Pat: It is important to not only believe in yourself, but to ask for help when you need it.
P&C: In the event of mail mix-ups and mistakes, how do you handle the situation? Is there one particular incident that comes to mind?
Postman Pat: Oh! The mail always gets delivered... but sometimes we have to try the darndest things! I've watched my mailbag fly through the air, and then there was one time that I got stuck in a tree. But once I got out, the mail was delivered. You never can tell what's going to happen in Greendale!
P&C: Given your love of football, have ever consider trading in your uniform for a jersey and trying out for your favorite team?
Postman Pat: I wish! Playing for my favorite team is just a dream for me, but boy do I love the game.
P&C: After a long day on your feet and in your red mail truck, what do you do after all the mail has been delivered?
Postman Pat: I put my feet up and have a cup of tea while listening to my wife Sara and son Julian tell me stories about their day.
P&C: Do you have any tips for kids out there aspiring to become postmen and postmistresses?
Postman Pat: Study up on geography, make sure you know math and measurements, and be courteous and friendly. It's a great way to be connected to your community.
P&C: Please share with our readers any further stories, jokes, tips, or information you think they might like to know.
Postman Pat: Every day there's a new story! Being a mail carrier gives me the privilege of keeping my community and our world connected. I hope you enjoy the stories I've told you. Stay tuned...there's more!