Fiona Hyslop MSP delivers Christmas cheer and encouragement to Royal Mail Posties at Linlithgow Delivery Office

Fiona Hyslop MSP delivers Christmas cheer and encouragement to Royal Mail Posties at Linlithgow Delivery Office

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

Ms Hyslop was shown round the office by local Delivery Office Manager, Archie Reid, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are working hard sorting and delivering all cards and parcels in the Linlithgow area in the run-up to Christmas.

Fiona Hyslop MSP said: “It was great to meet the dedicated, hard-working Royal Mail postmen and women at Linlithgow 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.”

Archie Reid, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager at Linlithgow, 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 Fiona Hyslop 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:
• Friday 13 December for airmail to USA
• Saturday 14 December for airmail items to Western Europe (excluding France, Greece, Poland)

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:

• 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 23 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: or call 08457 740 740.