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THIS STORY LAST UPDATED: 07 February 2004 1436 GMT
The lady who gets 2,000 valentine cards
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Why does a lady in a small village just outside Salisbury get more than 2,000 valentines card each year?
It usually starts about two weeks before Valentine's Day in a small village just outside Salisbury.

Bundles of valentines cards start to arrive for one special lady.
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It usually starts about two weeks before Valentine's Day in a small village just outside Salisbury.

Bundles of Valentines cards start to arrive for one special lady.

Die hard romantics insist on coming in person to see her and give her their Valentines cards.

A week before Valentines Day and the number of visitors has already started to gain momentum.

Some arrive too late to see her and are forced to track her down at home.

So what is it about this small Wiltshire village and this lady that attracts romantics everywhere, and why do they come back year after year?

The clue is in the village's name.

It is called 'Lover' unfortunately pronounced 'louvre' and it's the name that everyone is after.

More specifically romantics are after the 'Lover' postmark stamped on their Valentines cards to loved ones.

And who is the special lady? The lady is Ann Noble who runs the Lover Post Office.

The Lover postmark

She probably receives the most number of Valentines cards of any woman in England.

Up to 2,000 Valentines are sent to her each year.

Cards are sent to this small village post office from all over England to receive the romantic
'Lover' postmark.

But it is not just the Brits who have the love bug, Australians, Canadians and Americans all want the love stamp as well.

People come in person or send their cards packaged up to the post office.

Ann obligingly stamps them and forwards them on to sweethearts everywhere.

So if you cannot make do with a run of the mill postmark you can forward your cards to Ann at the address below, she will add the finishing touch for you - a 'Lover' stamp.

Ann Noble
Lover Post Office
Brown Bonnet
Besomer Drove
Lover, Salisbury SP5 2PN

Or if you want to go in person the post office opening hours are 9:00am to 1:00 pm Monday to Friday.

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