Pricey letter for Newton Stewart couple

Nancy had to pay �1.36 to read all about one of her six local election candidates.
Nancy had to pay �1.36 to read all about one of her six local election candidates.

A NEWTON Stewart couple received a pricey piece of “junk” mail last week after popping out when the postie called by.

Nancy and Thomas Kelly, of St Couans Place, were instead left a card telling them there was an item for collection at the sorting office so off Nancy went, thinking it was a Recorded Delivery parcel or similar.

However, she arrived only to be told the letter had insufficient postage on it and would require payment of £1.36 before she could open it.

So having paid a £1 handling fee and 36p postage costs, Nancy took it home, curious as to what awaited her, only to open the letter and find it to be a mail shot from Labour’s Mid Galloway candidate Heather Meldrum canvassing for votes ahead of the 3 May local elections.

Able to see the funny side, Nancy said: “I couldn’t believe that I had to pay for something I see as junk mail, or at least something that could have been hand delivered. I do find it quite funny but it was a nuisance having to go over to the sorting office for it.”

A Labour spokesman said the letter must have missed that section of the production line.

He added: “Either the stamp fell off or it was missed. When dealing with a large numbers of letters unfortunately the odd one can get missed, however eagle-eyed our team of volunteers are.”

He added that Heather would call Mrs Kelly to apologise and would of course refund the £1.36.