John Scott MSP joined a local postman on his delivery round in Ayr.

John is one of a number of local MPs and MSPs being invited to go out with postmen and women across Scotland to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to, to deliver the post.

The purpose of the visits is to give elected members a unique insight into the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in their constituency, six days a week as well as being updated on Royal Mail’s dog awareness campaign.

John Scott, MSP for Ayr, said: “Postmen and postwomen play a really valuable role in our communities and they should be able to go about their jobs safely, especially in the summer when there are lots of dogs in gardens.

“I was delighted to join local postman John Price, who has been delivering mail to customers in Ayr for 41 years. John gave me a real insight into the life of a postman.”

Brian Donaldson, Royal Mail Delivery Manager, who briefed John before he set off on his walk said: “We’re delighted that John is taking the time to experience the every day challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.

“The visit gave us the opportunity to show John how we are continuing to modernise and transform our organisation. We have invested in new sorting and delivery equipment as we respond to the changing nature of the modern postbag. We are delivering more parcels and fewer letters than ever before and the tools for the job need to reflect that.”