Thanks for helping deliver a record

RESIDENTS who supported a traditional festive initiative in December that covered Morpeth and some of its surrounding villages have been thanked by those who put it together.

The Christmas Postal Service fund-raising activity for the 4th Morpeth Scout Group brought in £1,571 – a record amount.

The group has collected and delivered post for the first three weeks or so in December since 1990 and in 2012, 121 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, their parents, leaders and supporters of the group were involved in collecting stamping, sorting and delivering more than 6,000 cards.

It charges 25p per card, half the cost of a second-class stamp, and in most instances the cards are delivered in half the time. The service covers Morpeth town centre, its surrounding estates and Fairmoor, Hepscott, Longhirst and Mitford, about 300 streets in total.

As well as thanking all the residents who used the service, the 4th Morpeth Scout Group expressed its gratitude to the town centre businesses that hosted its post boxes – Barclays, Costa Coffee, Morrisons and Treacle Wool Shop.

The money raised will be used to complete the fitting out of the newly extended scout hut, including a well-equipped kitchen area.