DELIVERING CHRISTMAS SPIRIT TO BUSY POSTAL WORKERS
Thursday, 24 December 2015 13:54
Angus MacDonald and Martyn Day bring glad tidings to hard working Royal Mail staff in Grangemouth and Bo’ness
In the run up to Christmas, the MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, and his Westminster counterpart, Martyn Day - the MP for East Falkirk and Linlithgow - rose early to pay postal workers a visit at the depots in Grangemouth and Bo’ness.
Since the sending of Christmas Cards began in the 1840s, this has been the Royal Mail’s busiest time of the year – a tradition that is unlikely to change. Even in this high-tech age of internet messaging and social media, people still rely upon the postal service on the ground to deliver festive greetings to family, friends and colleagues.
Angus MacDonald MSP and Martyn Day MP marked the occasion of their delivery office visits by paying tribute to the industrious spirit of postal staff.
Commenting, Mr. MacDonald said, “It was a pleasure to meet with the Royal Mail staff at the Grangemouth and Bo’ness depots. Both offices boast dedicated teams of people who begin their shifts long before daylight and work tirelessly to ensure that the high volume of seasonal mail is sorted and delivered on time.
Postal workers are often the unsung heroes of the festive season and Martyn and I were delighted to gift the teams we visited bottles of Parliament whisky to help them celebrate once all the hard graft is over.
"The enormous amount of effort involved in delivering a first class Christmas service to the public at Royal Mail’s busiest time is truly commendable. And it is good to learn that, in spite of the pitfalls of privatisation, Royal Mail is still competing successfully and thriving throughout the rest of the year too.”
Martyn Day MP added, “Our postal workers do such an important job throughout the year, and I would like to thank them especially for their efforts at this busy time and wish them all the best over the festive period.”
Craig Barclay, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager at the Grangemouth depot welcomed the parliamentarians’ visit. He said, “Our postmen and women are working extremely hard to deliver Christmas cards, letters and parcels in the local area.
"We are grateful to Angus and Martyn for visiting our offices to show their support for Royal Mail staff and to view the postal operation first-hand.”
Echoing Mr. Barclay’s sentiment, the Manager of the Bo’ness Royal Mail depot Paul Howson - pictured above receiving a gift of Parliament whisky from Angus and Martyn - remarked, “We are delighted that our local MSP and MP came to Bo’ness to support our hard working postal workers at their busiest time of the year.
"Our team have been delivering all kinds of mail to our customers across Bo’ness for Christmas and really appreciated the visit and festive good wishes.
Paul Howson continued, “We would also like to take this opportunity to ask the general public to always use a postcode as this helps us greatly in the job that we do, especially at busy times of the year.”