FOREST of Dean MP Mark Harper, front, dropped in to the Royal Mail’s delivery office in Newent to meet postal workers at their busiest time of year.

Mr Harper was shown around the depot by regional manager Graham Wilkes and saw first hand the huge task the Royal Mail is faced with at Christmas.

He said: ‘‘It was a great pleasure to meet the dedicated staff at Newent.

“Their work in the run-up to Christmas is greatly valued and it was clear to see how much effort they put in at this time of year.

“I would like to say a big thank-you to postmen and women right across my constituency for all their hard work and wish them all a very happy Christmas.”