MSP brings festive encouragement to island posties

lasdair Allan MSP has visited Royal Mail’s Stornoway delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to the postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

Mr Allan was shown round the office by local Delivery Office Manager, James Macaulay, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are working hard sorting and delivering all cards and parcels in the Stornoway area in the run-up to Christmas.

Alasdair Allan MSP said: “It was great to meet the dedicated, hard-working Royal Mail postmen and women at Stornoway delivery office and to see 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.”

James Macaulay, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager at Stornoway, said: “Christmas is the busiest time of year for Royal Mail. Our people 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 Alasdair Allan MSP came along to see the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

“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. 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:

Friday 20 December for 1st Class items

Wednesday 18 December for 2nd Class items

Monday 23 December for Special Delivery items

The recommended International posting dates for 2013 are:

Wednesday 4 December for airmail to Asia, Far East (including Japan ),and New Zealand

Thursday 5 December for airmail to Australia

Friday 6 December for airmail to South & Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East

Monday 9 December for airmail to Cyprus and Eastern Europe

Tuesday 10 December for airmail to Canada, France, Greece, Poland

Friday 13 December for airmail to USA

Saturday 14 December for airmail items to Western Europe (excluding France, Greece, Poland)