Mayor praises postal teams in busy run-up the festive season

Keith Cooper, Mayor Dave Hodgson, Andy Reynolds and Hayley O'Leary at Bedford delivery office.

Keith Cooper, Mayor Dave Hodgson, Andy Reynolds and Hayley O'Leary at Bedford delivery office.

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Busy postal staff welcomed a special visitor to their delivery office as the seasonal mail builds up.

Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson called into the Royal Mail’s Bedford delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

He was given a tour of the office by manager Andrew Reynolds and was introduced to the postmen and women working hard sorting and delivering mail.

Mr Hodgson, said: “A huge amount of effort and dedication goes into making sure those all-important Christmas cards and gifts reach their destination at this time of year. I’ve seen that for myself this morning, and it was great to meet the team here and wish them all the best for a busy festive period.

“Our postal workers do such an important job at this time of year and I was pleased to have the chance to thank them for their efforts in person.”

Mr Reynolds said: “Our postmen and women are working extremely hard to deliver Christmas cards, letters and parcels to people across Bedford. We are grateful that the Mayor visited the office to see our operation and to support the team.

“We’d like to remind our customers to post early so that friends and family have longer to enjoy their Christmas greetings. We would also like to ask everyone to please always use the postcode as this helps us greatly in the job that we do at this busy time.”

The last recommend posting dates for Christmas are:

Second Class – Saturday, December 19

First Class – Monday, December 21

Special Delivery – Wednesday, December 23

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, visit www.royalmail.com/greetings or call 03457 740 740.