Royal Mail Unveils Its Remotest Iconic Red Postbox… In Bahrain

Royal Mail Unveils Its Remotest Iconic Red Postbox… In Bahrain

Key points

  • Royal Mail have unveiled the newest and hottest postbox in its service – with the HM Armed Forces
  • The postbox, in Bahrain, is thought to be one of the hottest in the world,  as temperatures hit over 50° Celsius in the summer. It will be in service all through the year
  • The iconic red lamp box has been gifted to the HM Armed Forces in Bahrain to ensure that troops can post Christmas messages home to loved ones
  • The box travelled over 4,300 miles to reach its destination and was transported by the Royal Navy
  • The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) delivers mail to servicemen and women across the globe with the help of Royal Mail
  • The BFPO posting dates are by the end of November for operational HM Forces and December 14 for static HM Forces. Always use the BFPO number on forces mail
  • Royal Mail handled over 140 million parcels last Christmas with the BFPO processing 155 tonnes of forces mail

Royal Mail and HM Armed Forces have unveiled the newest and hottest postbox in its service, in Bahrain.

This iconic red postbox is thought to be one of the hottest in the world. It will be in service all through the year, even as temperatures hit over 50° Celsius in the summer.

The box has been gifted to HM Armed Forces in Bahrain to ensure that troops can post Christmas messages home to loved ones as well as having a small reminder of home.

Simon Barker, UK Process Operations Director at Royal Mail, said: "We were delighted to play Father Christmas and gift an iconic red postbox to troops in Bahrain, especially as we approach our busiest time of the year. We would encourage everyone to make sure they post by the BFPO and UK posting dates and to always use the postcode or BFPO number. We wish all our colleagues in the BFPO and those serving overseas a very Merry Christmas."

The box travelled over 4,300 miles to reach its destination and was transported by the Royal Navy to reach its final position.

Commander Steve Forge Royal Navy, head of logistics at the UKMCC in Bahrain, said: "Nobody likes being separated from their loved ones at Christmas time, so it's hugely important for morale that our sailors, troops and airmen have parcels to open on the day."

The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) delivers mail to servicemen and women across the globe with the help of Royal Mail. The BFPO posting dates are posting dates are by 26 November for operational HM Forces and 14 December for static HM Forces

Royal Mail handled over 140 million parcels last Christmas with the BFPO processing 155 tonnes of forces mail which was sent to sailors, soldiers and airmen all over the world.

The BFPO Christmas Free Mail Service (CFFMS) allows friends and families of service personnel in some locations to send letters and small parcels (up to a maximum of 2 kg) to them free of charge during this period. Always use the BFPO number.

Military personnel deployed need to send UK bound mail so that first class mail arrives in the UK by the 18 December and second class mail by the 14 December.

 

Santa Mail

Anyone with a BFPO address can also take part in Royal Mail’s ‘Letter to Santa’. All letters must arrive in the UK by Friday 7 Dec to receive a reply. Letters should be sent to:

Santa/Father Christmas
Santa's Grotto
Reindeerland
XM4 5HQ

 

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Notes to editors:

 

About Royal Mail plc

Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to around 30 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.

 

Media contacts:

 

Julie Pirone 07711446358

Julie.pirone@royalmail.com

Royal Mail press office 0207 449 8246

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