Council leader thanks local postal workers as they gear up to deliver a first-class Christmas

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Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson with his local postman Frank Jordan.

Portsmouth City Council Leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson was shown around the local delivery office by its manager Justin Brown and was introduced to the postmen and women who will be pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in Portsmouth in the Christmas period.

The festive season is Royal Mail’s busiest period, as millions of people shop online for gifts as well as sending Christmas cards and parcels. Royal Mail also plays a key role in e-commerce for many businesses, sending goods to customers throughout Christmas shopping season.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: “Christmas puts pressure on lots of businesses, and it was great to thank our postal staff for their hard work and dedication during the festive period. There is a huge amount of effort and dedication that goes into delivering a first-class Christmas all over the country.
I am even more impressed with my local postman, who delivers the mail in shorts, all year round and in all weathers, and I was pleased to give my thanks in person when we met at the local delivery office."

Justin Brown, Royal Mail delivery office manager, said: “Our postmen and women will be working extremely hard to deliver Christmas parcels, cards, letters and parcels to people in Portsmouth. We are grateful that Cllr Vernon-Jackson visited the office to see our operation and to support the team.
We’d like to remind our customers to post early this Christmas and to ensure all their mail is posted by the recommended dates, so that friends and family can enjoy their Christmas greetings and parcels . If everyone uses the postcode on every item of mail, this also helps us greatly in the job that we do at this very busy time.”

Customers do not need to travel to a Royal Mail delivery office to pick up parcels if they can’t or do not want to. They can arrange a re-delivery free of charge on a day that is convenient for them (including Saturdays), or Royal Mail can deliver the item to a different address within the same postcode area. This service can be arranged by calling the number on the “Something for You” card they leave or by visiting

Royal Mail can also now leave many mail items with a neighbour if customers are not at home when they attempt delivery. Customers can nominate a dedicated neighbour to take in their parcels by filling in a form at their delivery office.

The last recommend posting dates for Christmas are:

  • Second Class – Tuesday 18 December 2018
  • First Class – Thursday 20 December 2018
  • Special Delivery – Saturday 22 December 2018

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 the 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.

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