South Shields MP visits posties who are bringing us our Christmas deliveries

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck during a tour of Royal Mail's South Shields delivery office.
South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck during a tour of Royal Mail's South Shields delivery office.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck swapped Parliament for the Post Office – to help deliver some Christmas cheer to mail workers at the busiest time of the year.

The Labour politician was given a whistle-stop tour of the Royal Mail’s South Shields delivery office, in Keppel Street, and took time out to pass on her season’s greetings to the posties, working tirelessly to sort and deliver cards and gifts during the frantic festive period.

“Our postal workers do such an important job at this time of year.”

Emma Lewell-Buck MP

Mrs Lewell-Buck, said: “There is a huge amount of effort and dedication that goes into delivering a first-class Christmas at Royal Mail’s busiest time of year.

“It was great to meet the team here at South Shields.

“Our postal workers do such an important job at this time of year and I would like to thank them for their efforts, and wish them all the best over the busy festive period.”

Peter Stephenson, Royal Mail delivery office manager at South Shields, added: “Our postmen and women are working extremely hard to deliver Christmas cards, letters and parcels to people across South Shields.

“We are grateful that Emma visited the office to see our operation and to support the team.

“We’d like to remind our customers to post early so that friends and family have longer to enjoy their Christmas greetings.

“We would also like to ask everyone to please always use the postcode, as this helps us greatly in the job that we do at this busy time.”

l The last recommending posting dates for Christmas are this Saturday for second-class delivery, next Monday for first class and Wednesday for special delivery.

People are being urged to take a few simple steps to ensure they don’t get caught out during the yuletide period.

The Royal Mail are advising people to post gifts and cards as early as possible, ensure they always include a postcode and to use the special delivery service for important packages, which are tracked, traced and insured against loss.

For more information visit www.royalmail.com/greetings or call 03457 740 740.