Local Posties Thanked For A First Class Christmas

  • Colin Smyth MSP visited the Dumfries Delivery Office, Annan Delivery Office and Lockerbie Delivery Office to thank all the local postmen and women for their hard work during Royal Mail’s busiest period
  • This year Royal Mail has been celebrating its 500th anniversary, with this festive period marking half a millennium of delivering Christmas cards and parcels
  • The last recommended posting dates for Christmas are:  Second Class – Tuesday 20 December, First Class- Wednesday 21 December and Special Delivery –  Thursday 22 December

Colin Smyth MSP visited the three local delivery offices across the South of Scotland to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on season’s greetings to its hardworking staff.


Colin Smyth MSP was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Darren Power, and was introduced to the postmen and women, who are pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in the Dumfries and Galloway 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. As Royal Mail’s 500th anniversary draws to a close, this Christmas provides an opportunity to reflect on the centuries of hard work delivering to every single address in the UK.

Colin  said:

“At no other time is the hard work and dedication of postmen and women clearer than during the festive period.”

“I thank them for the extraordinary lengths they go to ensure Christmas cards and presents are delivered to loved ones on time, and for all they do year-round.”

“Seeing Annan, Lockerbie and Dumfries really showed me what a colossal effort is put in by the staff at these offices during this festive time. They are a credit to their communities.”

Darren Power, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager, said:

“It was a pleasure to show Mr Smyth 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.”

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