Politicians visit Christmas posties

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A pair of Angus politicians were getting their Christmas ‘thank yous’ in early this year when they visited posties in Arbroath during their busiest time of year.

Graeme Dey MSP and Mike Weir MP visited the Arbroath Delivery Office to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on season’s greetings to its hardworking staff.

Graeme Dey MSP and Mike Weir MP were shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Claire McCulloch, and were introduced to the postmen and women, who are pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in the Arbroath area over the Christmas period.

The Festive Season is Royal Mail’s busiest period, as millions of people shop online for gifts and send Christmas cards and parcels.

As Royal Mail’s 500th anniversary draws to a close, this Christmas provides an opportunity to reflect on the centuries of hard work delivering to every single address in the UK.

Graeme Dey MSP said: “No other time of year better highlights the effort and dedication of postmen and women than the festive period. I was delighted to visit the office in Arbroath, see for myself just how much work is being undertaken to ensure our cards and gifts, alongside the normal mail load, reach their intended recipients and to pass on thanks to the staff.”

Mike Weir MP added “I thank them for the extraordinary lengths they go to ensure Christmas cards and presents are delivered to loved ones on time, and for all they do year-round.”

Claire McCulloch, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager, said: “It was a pleasure to show Mr Dey and Mr Weir our Christmas operation and to hear their kind words of encouragement and support.

“We are extremely proud of our postmen and women for all their hard work during the Festive Season and for continuing our proud history of delivering Christmas mail.”

The last recommend posting dates for Christmas are:

Second Class – Tuesday 20 December 2016

First Class – Wednesday 21 December 2016

Special Delivery – Thursday 22 December 2016

Customers can also help Royal Mail ensure that all their letters, cards and parcels are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible by taking a few easy steps:

Post early – Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early.

Use a postcode – A clearly addressed card or parcel, with a postcode, and return address on the back of the envelope, will ensure quick and efficient delivery.

Use Special Delivery – For valuable and important packages and parcels guarantee delivery with Royal Mail’s Special Delivery, which means your gift is tracked, traced and insured against loss.

Wrap parcels well and always give a return address

For more information about Royal Mail’s last recommended posting dates, please visit: www.royalmail.com/greetings or call 03457 740 740.