The Mayor and Mayoress popped into Datford’s Post Office sorting office to see first-hand how the postal teams are gearing up for Christmas. 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.


Chatting to postal teams as they prepared post of all sizes for delivery the Mayor, Councillor David Mote, said: “There is a massive amount of effort and planning that goes into the sorting and delivering of Christmas post and parcels all over Dartford.
It was great to meet the Dartford postal teams as they prepare for the busy festive period and it’s worth all of us remembering that the last recommended posting date for first and second class Christmas post is the 18th and 20th of December respectively.”


Having shown the Mayor and Mayoress around the sorting office and introduced them to the postal teams who will be pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in Dartford over the busy Christmas period by the Delivery Office Manager, Kev Trueman, he said: “Our postmen and women will be working extremely hard to deliver Christmas parcels, cards, letters and parcels to people in Dartford. We are grateful to the Mayor and Mayoress for visiting the office to see our operation and meet the teams. We would also like to remind our customers to post early this Christmas and to ensure all their mail is posted by the recommended dates. If everyone uses the postcode on every item of mail, this will also help us greatly.”


It is also worth noting that customers do not need to travel to a Royal Mail Delivery office to pick up parcels if they cannot or do not want to. They can arrange a redelivery 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 that the postal team will leave.