While many people may be winding down for the festive season, there’s one particular industry for which this time of year is busier than no other.
Hemel Hempstead’s giant Royal Mail sorting centre for the Home Counties North district has been flat-out over the last weeks helping post its portion of the estimated 1 billion Christmas cards the UK has reportedly been sending this year.
Added to that the increase in online shopping and our postmen and women have had a real tough task to make sure everyone is smiling in time for Christmas morning.
To help spread the festive cheer at the Maylands Avenue depot, in the town’s industrial estate, posties have been greeted by a number of local celebrities over the busy period.
Town MP Mike Penning, Dacorum mayor Allan Lawson and even Olympic hero and Hemel’s very own golden boy Max Whitlock have passed on their Christmas greetings and thanks to postal workers sorting and delivering mail in the run-up to Christmas.
Each of the visitors was shown around the supercentre by delivery office manager, Ian Searle, and introduced them to postmen and women who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the run-up to Christmas.
Mike Penning said: “It was great to meet postmen and women at Mail Centre and see how much work goes into delivering our Christmas mail.
“I even met the postman who delivers my own mail in the Old Town.
“Our local postal workers do a vital job at this time of year and their work is much appreciated. I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best over the busy festive period.”
During his visit, Mayor Lawson said: “It was great to meet postmen and women at Royal Mail’s Hemel Hempstead delivery office and see first-hand just how much effort they put into delivering for people at this time of year.
“Our postal workers do such an important job at this time of year and help to deliver Christmas for many people and families in our area. I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best over the busy festive period.”
Royal Mail’s Mr Searlea added: “Our postmen and women have been working extremely hard to deliver Christmas cards, letters and parcels to people across Hemel Hempstead. We are grateful that Mike, the Mayor and Max visited the office to see our operation and to support the team during our busiest time of year.”