These are the dates you need to know for posting your Christmas cards and parcels

A new poster has been created reminding people to post early for Christmas, including an image of a post van and postbox to ram home the message.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 25th November 2016, 12:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:51 am

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The new Royal Mail poster. Picture: Royal Mail/Press Association.
The new Royal Mail poster. Picture: Royal Mail/Press Association.

Royal Mail said it was evoking the spirit of previous art deco designs after commissioning Midlands-based artist Charles Avalon to illustrate this year’s version.

It said the vintage look was in tribute to posters used in the 1930s.

Mr Avalon said: “It was a great honour to be invited to work on a project designed to pay tribute to some of the iconic postal images of old.

“For many years, the postal service led the world with its innovative approach to creating eye-catching and practical posters in an art deco style. All these posters were linked by a very practical call to action, and made use of both striking and beautiful imagery to do so.

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“With this design, we’ve reawakened the traditional Post Early For Christmas call to action in a fresh and modern way while drawing on the medium’s art deco roots.

“I envisioned a rural scene complete with the Royal Mail van and Royal Mail postbox at its heart, ready to deliver a community’s mail to friends and families across the UK.”

Latest recommended posting dates for Christmas 2016 are:

Tuesday December 20 for second class mail

Wednesday December 21 for first class mail

Thursday December 22 for special delivery

Friday December 23 for special delivery Saturday guaranteed