Published date 11 December 2023

Mayor gives Christmas stamp of approval to West of England posties

It’s the busiest time of the year for hardworking posties as they deliver cards and presents to hundreds of thousands of West of England residents.

Mayor Dan Norris met postal workers at the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Patchway this week to see the huge effort going into sorting and delivering cards, letters and parcels in time for Christmas. Around double the number of parcels and letters are sent over the festive period compared to usual.

To say thank you, Mr Norris will hand over a Christmas card designed by the winner of the Mayor’s Christmas card competition to the staff. He has also urged locals to do their bit to help by posting early, using a postcode and wrapping parcels well.

West of England Mayor Dan Norris said: "There is a huge amount of effort and dedication that goes into delivering a first class Christmas at the busiest time of year.

“Come rain or shine, posties are out there delivering for our communities - including cards and presents. The team definitely get my stamp of approval. Thank you!”

The last posting dates for Christmas delivery this year are:

  • Monday 18 December - 2nd class
  • Wednesday 20 December - 1st class
  • Thursday 21 December - Special Delivery

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:

  1. Post early - Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early.
  2. 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. You can check a postcode at:
  3. Wrap parcels well and always give a return address
Dan scribbles in a giant card

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