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First class stamp for Cumbrian bridges

Royal Mail first and second class stamps Credit: PA

Two of Cumbria's most dramatic bridges are being celebrated in a new set of stamps launched by Royal Mail.

Row Bridge in the Lake District and the Royal Border Bridge over the River Tweed are part of the Royal Mail celebrating British engineering in a special collection.

Ten bridges feature in the total edition of first-class stamps, while a special postmark will be issued today.

"The story of Britain's engineering genius can be found in its bridges. These new stamps celebrate 10 beautiful and ground-breaking landmarks that span centuries of our history."

– Andrew Hammond, head of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail


Ofcom respond to Royal Mail threat

Ofcom respond following worry over universal service Credit: ITV Border News

The future of rural postal delivery services in Cumbria and south of Scotland received a boost today. Ofcom ruled that the universal postal service, which obliges the Royal Mail to deliver across the UK for one price, is not under threat.

The regulator said it saw no reason to change rules to force rivals to take on part of that obligation.

Royal Mail had complained competitors were cherry picking profitable areas.

Cumbria has some of the lowest crime rates in England

Cumbria has some of the lowest crime rates in England, according to a new Royal Mail study.

It found that the LA17 and CA20 postcode areas of the county have the second and third lowest incidents of crime in England.

Coldstream in Northumberland took the number one spot.

The study was carried out to mark 40 years since the introduction of postcodes to the UK.

Dumfries and Galloway healthiest place in Scotland

Three Dumfries and Galloway towns have been named the healthiest places to live in Scotland.

Langholm (DG13) took the top spot, followed by Gretna (DG16) and Canonbie (DG14).

The findings come from a new study commissioned by Royal Mail to mark 40 years since the introduction of postcodes.

The study looked at five key areas; health and wellbeing, work, the cost of living, safety and security and home life.


'Take time to write full address' on letters this Christmas

Seven days until Christmas - and for Royal Mail staff in Carlisle it's the busiest day of the year.

The city's mail centre handles letters and parcels from all over the country which are destined for Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway.

Julie Pirone says they'll deal with six hundred thousand items of mail today and are urging everyone to take time to write a full address:

Busy day ahead for Carlisle postal workers

Royal Mail in Carlisle are expecting to handle over half a million items of Christmas post a day during this, their busiest week of the year.

It's not just Royal Mail that will have a full mail bag this year: Santa should expect lots of letter Credit: ITV News Border

But staff are asking everyone sending anything over the next few days to make sure they send it on time and include postcodes to avoid any letters being lost or delayed.

Royal Mail will do all they can to make sure this letter might makes it to its destination Credit: ITV News Border
There's no postcode on this letter but luckily the man it's for is quite easy to find Credit: ITV News Border

Christmas Card final postal dates

Carlisle mail centre workers will be working through a bumper festive mail bag of up to 600,000 items on its busiest day today, Wednesday 18 December.

The 283 mail centre workers and 838 Carlisle delivery postmen and women as Royal Mail delivers a first class Christmas for all its customers.

But, Royal Mail is urging people to make sure they post their letters as early as possible to ensure they reach their destination by Christmas Day.

  • Last recommended posting dates for First Class Mail is Friday 20 December
  • Last recommended posting date for Second Class is Wednesday 18 December
  • Important items can be posted using Special Delivery up until December 23
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