Champion TV baker Nadiya Hussain had a very special delivery for the Royal Mail – and a message for its customers.
Nadiya’s ‘first class’ red postbox cake was to remind people to get their Christmas greetings send out nice and early in a bid to help hard-pressed postmen and women.
And the Great British Bake-Off star also had advice about using the postcode on cards and parcels, so that Royal Mail workers can sort the festive mailbag as quickly as possible.
Nadiya said: “We can all help at this busiest time of year for Royal Mail by posting our cards and gifts early, supporting the postmen and women who deliver to more than 29 million addresses around the country.”
Royal Mail latest recommended posting dates for UK Christmas delivery are:
Second Class – Saturday 19 December
First Class - Monday 21 December
Special Delivery Guaranteed – Wednesday 23 December
Postcode information is available from the Royal Mail website at Find a postcode
Customers sending Christmas cards and presents abroad are also being encouraged to post early so that mail arrives in time for Christmas Day.
Airmail latest recommended posting dates for Europe via International Standard (Airmail):
Friday 4 December - Africa, Middle East
Monday 7 December - Cyprus, Asia, Far East (including Japan)
Tuesday 8 December - Caribbean, Central and South America
Thursday 10 December - Greece, Australia, New Zealand
Monday 14 December - Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Tuesday 15 December - Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Wednesday 16 December - Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain
Thursday 17 December - France
Friday 18 December - Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland
Christmas 2015 - last posting dates for mail to be sent to the Armed Forces:
Friday 27 November - Airmail to Operational BFPOs
Friday 11 December - Airmail to Static BFPOs