An-1O-Eye has wakened very early, so Screen suggests they look and see who else
is up and about at this time. They get pictures from Claudy Post Office
where the morning mail from the sorting office in Londonderry has just
They see Michael the postman and his workmates, and watch as the letters are finally sorted
into "runs" around the Claudy area. A special parcel and birthday
cards are identified.
Michael sets off in his van to deliver his mail, around the village of Park near Claudy. He
stresses the importance of giving as much detail as possible on the envelope:
name with an initial, house number, street, town and most importantly,
the post code.
Michael delivers the parcel and the cards to Niall, the birthday boy.
They are from his Gran in Glengormley and Niall's mother reminds him to
write a thank-you letter.
After finishing his letter Niall goes to the Post Office in Claudy where he meets the post
mistress, Mrs McClelland.
She sells him a stamp and Niall posts his letter. Mrs McClelland explains
that the stamp is a receipt to show that the delivery charge has been
The letter and all the other mail is collected later in the afternoon, and we follow its
progress on a map, first to Derry, then across the river Bann at Toomebridge,
and on to the Royal Mail Centre in Belfast.
All the mail for Northern Ireland is sorted here - more than one million letters and packets every
day. Mechanisation and computerisation speed the sorting process and even
letters with very little information on the envelope can be delivered.
Soon Gran's letter is on its final leg to Glengormley. Gran is delighted
to receive the letter and replies immediately by e-mail!