Angela Smith MP delivers Christmas encouragement to posties

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Angela Smith MP has visited Royal Mail’s Stocksbridge delivery office to pass on best Christmas wishes and encouragement to the postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

Ms Smith was shown round the office by local Delivery Office Manager Daniel Gill and was introduced to all the postmen and women who are working hard doing their bit to sort and deliver all the cards and parcels in the Stocksbridge area in the run-up to Christmas.

Angela Smith MP said:

“It was great to meet the hard-working Royal Mail postmen and women at Stocksbridge delivery office and to see at first hand just how much effort they put into delivering for people at this time of year.

“Postmen and women do such an important job at this time of year. I like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best over the busy festive period.”

Daniel Gill, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager at Stocksbridge said:

“Christmas is the busiest time of year for Royal Mail. Our people really do pull out all the stops throughout the year to ensure mail is delivered quickly, but even more so over the busy festive period. We are grateful that Angela Smith MP came along to sees the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.”

Daniel Gill added:

“Our people do a fantastic job at this time of year to ensure that friends and families stay in touch through their Christmas greetings and gifts. And as usual, we’d like to remind our customers to post early so that friends and family have longer to enjoy their Christmas greetings!”

The recommended last posting dates for mail are:

Thursday 20 December for 1st Class items

Tuesday 18 December for 2nd Class items

Saturday 22 December for Special Delivery items

The last recommended posting dates for international mail are:

Wednesday 5 December for airmail to Asia, Far East, Australia and New Zealand

Friday 7 December for airmail to South & Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East

Monday 10 December for airmail to Eastern Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan

Wednesday 12 December for airmail items to Western Europe

Customers can 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:

Use a 1st Class stamp! – Post 1st Class for just 60p and have your Christmas card delivered the next day – anywhere in the UK.

Post early! – Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early. The last posting dates this Christmas are: December 18 for 2nd Class mail; December 20 for 1st Class mail; December 22 for Special Delivery.

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

For more information about Christmas with Royal Mail visit: www.royalmail.com or call 08457 740 740.

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