Last Post, The [documentary]

In the state of Orissa in India is the very last pigeon post service in the world.

Defying cyclones and floods to deliver urgent police messages, they are now under threat from the electronic world of e-mails and instant messages.

Will they survive? The police pigeon post service of Orissa is under threat.

It costs £1838 a year to run, but money to fund the service has run out.

And after more than 50 years of distinguished service, they may be grounded because of the competition from electronic media.

'It's a museum piece!' says one chief of police, 'the pigeon service has outlived its utility with the advent of advanced communication facilities'.

But if you think it's doomed, it's worth knowing that when a cyclone in 1999 brought down the wires it was the pigeon post that provided the invaluable contact with coastal areas for days, and Orissa's Home Secretary believes that 'machines can fail you, but birds never will'.

With a look back at the pigeon mail through history, this is the poignant and moving story of 'The Last Post'.

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In the state of Orissa in India is the very last pigeon post service in the world.

Defying cyclones and floods to deliver urgent police messages, they are now under threat from the electronic world of e-mails and instant messages.

Will they survive? The police pigeon post service of Orissa is under threat.

It costs £1838 a year to run, but money to fund the service has run out.

And after more than 50 years of distinguished service, they may be grounded because of the competition from electronic media.

'It's a museum piece!' says one chief of police, 'the pigeon service has outlived its utility with the advent of advanced communication facilities'.

But if you think it's doomed, it's worth knowing that when a cyclone in 1999 brought down the wires it was the pigeon post that provided the invaluable contact with coastal areas for days, and Orissa's Home Secretary believes that 'machines can fail you, but birds never will'.

With a look back at the pigeon mail through history, this is the poignant and moving story of 'The Last Post'.