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Stamps mark 75th anniversary of Battle of Britain

Royal Mail is issuing six special stamps to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

A Royal Mail van from Birch Park delivery office, near RAF Boulmer, will feature an image of one of the stamps along with a selection of other locations close to RAF.

The Battle of Britain took place over the summer and autumn of 1940 and saw the Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe contest the world’s first independent and decisive air campaign in the skies over England. The Battle of Britain would change the course of the Second World War – and with it, the course of history.

The six stamps feature photographs from this period, showing some of the many aspects of the battle and the service personnel involved, including pilots, ground crew, observers and Operations Room staff.

Royal Mail launches Sunday opening

Royal Mail is launching a pilot of Sunday opening at around 100 of its delivery offices across the UK from today.

Royal Mail's network of around 1,400 delivery offices is currently open six days a week. The initiative will extend the opening of delivery offices with the highest parcels volumes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to seven days a week.

In addition, 1,600 Post Office branches are also now open on a Sunday.

Delivery offices taking part in the Sunday opening pilot include:

Birch Park Delivery Office YO30, YO31, YO32, YO41 & YO91

Grimsby Delivery Office DN31, DN32, DN33, DN34, DN35,

Halifax Delivery Office HX1, HX2, HX3, HX4, HX5 & HX6

Hull City Delivery Office HU1, HU2, HU3, HU5, HU8, HU9

Lincoln Delivery Office LN1, LN2, LN3 ,LN4, LN5 & LN6

Sheffield South East Delivery Office S12 & S13

Sheffield North Delivery Office

York Central Delivery Office YO1, YO10, YO19, YO23, YO24,

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Post service to resume for cut off pensioner

Enid has not had any post in over a year

A Calderdale pensioner who's had no post for more than a year is to have her deliveries resumed.

Royal Mail suspended deliveries to 82 year old Enid Sugden's home at Sowerby after a post woman fell on what they say is a dangerous pathway to her cottage.The company now say Mrs Sugden has agreed to install a postbox at one end of the path so postal deliveries can resume.

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Royal Mail sorting depot hire extra hands to deal with Christmas rush

Over 200 extra seasonal workers have been taken on at Sheffield's Mail Centre to cope with the Royal Mail's busiest time of the year.

The centre in Brightside handles 2.6 million items every 24 hours and works round the clock to ensure all Christmas parcels and cards are delivered on time.

Calendar's Martin Fisher went to see how they were coping with the Christmas rush

Extra staff brought in to deal with postal pressure

Royal Mail's Sheffield depot in full swing Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Over two hundred extra seasonal workers have been taken on at Sheffield's Mail Centre to cope with the Royal Mail's busiest time of the year.

The centre in Brightside handles 2.6 million items every 24 hours and works round the clock to ensure all Christmas parcels and cards are delivered on time.

And this year promises to be one of its busiest ever as on line shopping sees more parcels coming through the depot.

Manager Jon Adams said: "We are very experienced at running Christmas so pre-plan a lot and bring in a lot of resources.

"Certainly parcel growth from on-line retailers has driven a lot of volume through our network but we still have a lot of Christmas cards to deal with."

And Jon reminded people that last post this year for second class mail is December 18th with first class on December 20th.

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