Postal workers are recovering after shifting a mountain of mail in the Star area during the run up to Christmas.

During a normal four week period staff in the Guildford postal district, which includes Aldershot and Farnborough, usually deal with 14 million items.

But in the four weeks to Christmas they had to shift a record busting 53-million cards, letters and packets.

An extra 300 staff were recruited to cope with the flood of mail, and the two daily deliveries were condensed into one to streamline the operation.

"It was more efficient to deliver such a large amount of mail in one go each day," said a Royal Mail spokeswoman.

"We are proud of the way our staff coped with the demands made of them during such a busy period."