Fylde postmen and women are being celebrated today as part of the fourth annual national Postal Workers Day.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) wants to use the day to encourage the public to thank their hard-working postie, either in person or by using social media.
The day’s events celebrate the hard work of postal workers, acknowledge the critical role they play in our local communities and give them the thanks and recognition they deserve for delivering the people’s postCarl Webb
It is urging residents to join in with those all over the country who will be tweeting their messages of support using the hashtag #PeoplesPost.
Events across the region are planned including visits to sorting offices.
Carl Webb, regional secretary of the CWU, who is from Blackpool, said: “The day’s events celebrate the hard work of postal workers, acknowledge the critical role they play in our local communities and give them the thanks and recognition they deserve for delivering the people’s post.
“Six days a week, 52 weeks a year, in heatwaves, rain and snow your local posties deliver letters, parcels and packets to every household and business in the country.
“For less than the price of a cup of tea you can post a letter in Cornwall today and have it arrive in Scotland tomorrow.
“It’s a wonderful human and logistical effort that should be celebrated and protected.”
The union is also urging Fylde residents to support its bid to secure a debate in Parliament on the subject of the Royal Mail.
It is calling for the government to act in support of the postal industry following the privatisation of Royal Mail.
People can sign the petition and get further information at www.supportthepeoplespost.co.uk
A £7m new Royal Mail delivery centre was officially opened in Blackpool in October, bringing around 260 workers to the site in Bispham.
The complex, off Faraday Way, handles around 120,000 items of post each day. Staff were relocated from the Abingdon Street Post Office and delivery centre in Blackpool.