Post early this Christmas

South Antrim MP William McCrea (left) pictured with Royal Mail's General Manager for Northern Ireland Gary Crawford during a visit to the Royal Mail Centre, at Mallusk, on Monday. INNT49-211CON.

South Antrim MP William McCrea (left) pictured with Royal Mail's General Manager for Northern Ireland Gary Crawford during a visit to the Royal Mail Centre, at Mallusk, on Monday. INNT49-211CON.

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SOUTH Antrim MP William McCrea visited the Royal Mail centre in Mallusk ahead of its busy Christmas period.

Gary Crawford from Royal Mail said: “Christmas is the busiest time of year. 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 really grateful that Rev McCrea came along to see the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

“We’d also 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, December 20 for first class; Tuesday, December 18 for second class and Saturday December 22 for special delivery.

The last recommended posting dates for international mail are: Wednesday, December 5 for airmail to Asia, Australia and New Zealand; Friday, December 7 for airmail to South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East; Monday, December 10 for eastern Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan and Wednesday, December, December 12 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 first class stamp – post first class for just 60 pence 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 second class mail; December 20 for first 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.