BERWICKSHIRE’S MP Michael Moore experienced what is involved in delivering the post in the Borders when he joined postman Lee McAllister on his delivery round.
Mr Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland is one of a number of local MPs being invited to go out with postmen and women across Scotland to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to, to deliver the post.
The purpose of the visits is to give MPs a unique insight into the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in their constituency, six days a week.
Julie Pirone, director of Communications Scotland, who briefed Mr Moore before he set off on his walk, said: “We’re delighted that Mr Moore is taking the time to experience the every day challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.
“The visit gave us the opportunity to show Mr Moore how we are modernising and transforming the organisation.
“We are investing in new sorting and delivery equipment as we respond to the changing nature of the modern postbag. We are delivering more parcels and fewer letters than ever before and the tools for the job need to reflect that.”
Mr Moore said: “Postmen and women perform an incredibly important function in our communities, not just delivering communication, but also being one of the institutions in society that binds us together for the common good.
“I wanted to get a real understanding of the work that goes into delivering the mail on a daily basis.
“There can be no better way of getting that insight than actually going out and doing the job alongside a delivery postman. I joined postman Lee McAllister who has been delivering mail to customers in Hawick for over three years.”
Royal Mail is currently reviewing and modernising its operation, which means every part of the process from collecting, transporting, sorting and delivering the mail is being improved to increase efficiency.