A POSTMAN has been bringing a smile to customers cooped up in quarantine by doing the rounds looking like the lead singer of rock band Kiss.
Gary Underdown, 32, has been delivering letters to people’s homes in Sheppey, Kent, while donning Gene Simmons-style make-up and wig — though he’s had to leave the destroyer boots at home as he can’t walk 10 miles in those.
And his efforts have not go unnoticed as Simmons himself retweeted a photo of the glam rock fan out on one of his rounds.
The photo was first shared on the official Kiss Twitter account to its 1.5million followers, along with the caption ‘#KISSARMYROCKS! Gary Underdown is keeping spirits up in the UK by delivering the mail as The Demon @genesimmons during quarantine. We love it!’
Simmons then retweeted it, along with the caption ‘Wow’.
The photo has been shared thousands of times and Gary, who has worked for Royal Mail for two-and-a-half years, has been flooded with comments of support.
‘My phone went crazy,’ he said. ‘I couldn’t believe how crazy it went.’
‘I have been a Kiss fan since I came out of the womb. Everyone knows me as the Kiss guy.’
Gary, who has been trying to cheer people up during these tough times, said: ‘To get such a response, I think it’s brilliant. If someone can have a laugh with it, that’s what it’s all about.
‘I would try and get everyone’s mood up — everyone’s a bit down in the dumps with what’s going on, it just lifted them up again.’
He added: ‘I did it for the first time about a month ago and got such a good reaction I thought I’d do it again.
‘I’ve done it about four times now and people’s reactions are great. You get a few who are like, “oh my God”, that’s fantastic, and some people have been asking for a picture.
‘It’s just a bit of a gimmick and it’s made a few people smile.’
Gary said he has been a big fan of the American rock band since he listened to his dad’s music collection as a child.
Superfan Gary first met the band in 2015 at Download Festival and again in 2018.
‘They sing all about believing in yourself and doing the best you can in your life, and about having a good time because you only live once — that’s what I’m all about,’ Gary said.
‘Nothing really gets me down. Even this year, with what’s going on, there’s nothing we can do about it, we have just got to march on.’