Tonbridge is one of most romantic towns in the UK, says Royal Mail research
By kentsussex | Thursday, February 14, 2013, 13:45
It looks like Cupid's arrow could be striking in Tonbridge today as research from Royal Mail showed it to be one of the most romantic towns in the UK.
Tonbridge is one of the country's most romantic towns
The town has been declared one of the UK's "Capitals of Love" after findings showed mail sent from there saw a large increase on the day before Valentine's Day last year.
On a quest to unearth the most loved up towns across the nation, Royal Mail analysed its letter volumes in its mail centres from February 13th 2012.
The findings show people living in the Canterbury, Tonbridge, Dartford and Rochester sent 19.46% more mail last year the day before Valentine's Day than on February 6, 2012.
The national average increase is 3.43%.
Sharon Little from the UK Greeting Card's Association, added: "Royal Mail's research has shown that when it comes to true romance, people living in Romford and East London have got it covered, expressing their love through the power of traditional cards."
Sharon continued: "Sending a card is a wonderfully romantic gesture, especially when it arrives through the letterbox. With over a million more Valentine's cards sent than the previous year, we're becoming an even more romantic nation than ever."
Steve Molloy, Royal Mail's Delivery Director for Essex, said: "Love is definitely in the air in Romford and across the East London region as our research shows residents are eager to express their love through traditional Valentine's Day cards. We're delighted to declare Romford the UK's 'Capital of Love'."
Steve continued: "Valentine's Day is one of our busiest times of the year and we would always encourage people to post their cards early, with a full address and postcode, so their messages of love and romance will arrive on time."
Royal Mail is working with relationship expert, Sarah Abell, to encourage people to become more romantic and share their love this Valentine's Day.
Sarah said; "When it comes to expressing your love in words - nothing comes close to a hand-written card. Valentine's texts, Facebook messages or e-cards just don't compare.
"Think about it - what makes you feel more loved: seeing an SMS from your loved one pop up on the screen or receiving a hand-written card from them through the post? There's something much more personal and permanent about receiving a Valentine's card - you can hold it, read it and treasure it long after February 14th has passed.
"So, if there's someone special in your life or someone you would like to be special in your life - my advice would be show them that you care by taking the time to choose or make a card and write something personal in it. Whether you sign it or not is up to you!"