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helensburgh-sorting-officeWith Brendan is James Petro and Neil Gow of Helensburgh Delivery Office
Local MP Brendan O’Hara visited the Helensburgh Delivery Office (Saturday, 3rd December) to see first-hand the operation of delivering the Christmas post and to pass on season’s greetings to its hardworking staff.

Brendan was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Robbie Murray, and was introduced to the postmen and women, who are pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in the Helensburgh 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.

Brendan, said:

“At no other time is the hard work and dedication of postmen and women clearer than during the festive period.  The sheer volume of letters and parcels that they deal with daily is extraordinary and it is down to good planning and hard work that Christmas cards and presents are delivered to loved ones on time across Argyll and Bute.  I wanted to take this opportunity to visit in person and to say thank you.”

Robbie Murray, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager, added:

“It was a pleasure to show Brendan our Christmas operation and to hear his 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 recommended 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: or call 03457 740 740.


Notes to Editors

About Royal Mail plc


Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to more than 29 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.