Back in the 1980s the NF had a bookshop/office/headquarters in the Thornton Heath area of Croydon. The NF obviously required a fair amount of post to be delivered to the address. In a stroke of genius Croydon Sorting Office decided that where possible, the NF should have their post delivered by the biggest and blackest postman they had available.
He was about 6 foot 4, weighed in the region of 20 plus stones, and very black. I remember him recounting in the local trade union social club that whilst he could easily have posted their mail through their letterbox, he always preferred to ring their doorbell and hand it over personally !
Apparently they were extremely reluctant to open the front door to him, so he would bend down and whilst peering through the letterbox, would shout out "come and get your mail boys" ! .........brilliant
Although Croydon was identified by NF as an area with some potential for them, they always did badly - thanks in large part to the work of a well organised local trade union backed anti-racist committee. After a short period they closed their offices and abandoned Croydon.
In recent years the BNP has also targeted Croydon, specially the very deprived New Addington council estate - which is sometimes known as the "white ghetto". However they too have failed to make their desired breakthrough. And again it's thanks in large part to the hard work of local trade unionists and anti-racists, specially at election time.