THERE will be no local ‘Christmas card post’ in Otley this year.

The Otley Scout and Guide Christmas Post is usually run by the Otley Parish Scouts and Guides Parents and Friends Association each December.

The fundraising scheme uses its own stamps and boxes and involves Scouts and Guides delivering festive greetings cards to addresses across the town.

Last year’s post raised £1,650 towards the upkeep of the Otley Parish Church Scout and Guide Hut.

But the 2020 post has fallen victim, like so many other fundraising events, to the coronavirus pandemic.

Posting on social media, the Parents and Friends Association said: “We are sadly unable to run the service this year due to Covid requirements and to help keep our community safe.

“We sincerely thank our loyal customers and the local shops and businesses who help to run our service.

“We will hopefully be able to run the Christmas Post as normal next year and look forward to your support.”