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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.

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