Portsmouth gets its postmark back as new stamp is unveiled

How the new Portsmouth postmark will look
How the new Portsmouth postmark will look
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  • City to get joint postmark with Southampton and Isle of Wight
  • Original postmark was scrapped due to move of processing centre
  • Leaders have expressed their joy
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PORTSMOUTH is to get a new postmark after it was originally scrapped in favour of Southampton’s stamp.

As reported in The News, the city’s postmark was replaced with Southampton’s following the move to process mail there from the Slindon Street office in Portsmouth.

This is a triumph. It does matter to people what their letters say

MP Penny Mordaunt

But now, Royal Mail has announced it will incorporate a joint stamp which reads ‘Southampton, Portsmouth & IOW’. It will be used for the first time from today.

Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, wrote to Royal Mail to express her concerns about the issue.

She said: ‘I am delighted to have received confirmation from the chief executive of Royal Mail that the Portsmouth postmark will be returning for mail from our area.

‘Portsmouth is a key city in the UK – in particular in the south of England – and it’s important that our post sustains the city’s iconic image, particularly where tourism features so highly.

‘Therefore the retention of Portsmouth to the postmark is fantastic news and I want to say thanks to the Royal Mail.’

Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, added: ‘This is a triumph. It does matter to people what their letters say.

‘It’s fantastic and it’s ensuring that Portsmouth has the status it deserves. I give my congratulations to a successful campaign.’

Flick Drummond, MP for Portsmouth South, also wrote to Royal Mail about the postmark.

She said: ‘It’s great news. At least it will be recognised that it has come from Portsmouth and not just Southampton.

‘It’s nice that we have got the name rather than Southampton or south Hampshire.’

A spokesman for Royal Mail said: ‘Following the recent move of Royal Mail’s mail processing operation in Portsmouth to Southampton, a new postmark for the area will be introduced from Monday, November 16 which will read “Southampton, Portsmouth & IOW”.

‘Mail posted in the PO and SO postcode areas will bear the new postmark.

‘The changes we have made to our processing operation locally have been designed to ensure customers receive their mail as efficiently and quickly as possible.’

The processing centre moved from Portsmouth to Southampton earlier this year.

The post office itself remains open for customers to post mail and to collect parcels.