The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

500 years of postal services

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A 19th Century horse-drawn mail coach travels through Holyrood Park in Edinburgh yesterday to mark 500 years of UK postal services.

Royal Mail is celebratin­g the birthday by recreating the routes used by its horsedrawn mail coaches in a series of celebrator­y events across the country.

A Post Office spokesman said: “As pressure mounted to deliver letters more quickly, horse-drawn coaches were deployed in 1784, following a trial run between Bristol and London. The mail coaches averaged almost 13kmh in summer months with fresh horses supplied every 20 kilometres.”

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