Friday 31 July 2020

Special Postmarking Service to revert to normal timetables

Special Announcement from Royal Mail:

As a result of Covid-19 and the restrictions that were placed on individuals’ movements, Royal Mail took the decision at the end of March to extend its postmarking facilities for all Special Stamp issues until further notice. 

We promised that we would announce at the appropriate time when this extension would end and give customers sufficient notice of the cut-off period for accepting covers retrospectively. With these restrictions now being gradually eased throughout the UK we will revert to the normal postmarking rules from Thursday, 1st October. 

This means that Royal Mail First Day Covers for the following Special Stamp Issues will come off sale at midnight on that day and any covers submitted for postmarking bearing stamps from these issues must be received by Special Handstamp Centres by this date.

The Romantic Poets
End of the Second World War
Coronation Street
Roman Britain
The Palace of Westminster
Rupert Bear

The normal postmarking rules will apply to the Brilliant Bugs stamp issue which means that the Royal Mail First Day Covers will be available up until midnight on the First Day of Issue, 1st October.

So the useful flexibility will end at the end of September.  That's been useful and the service from the Handstamp Centres has been good as usual.  I had some (18 June) Roman Britain maximum cards back today which I sent on 9 July.  Still waiting for some, and for (8 May) WW2 which I sent after the Roman ones.

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