Leeds pub's a parcel delivery centre

Landlord Chris Gilley is serving up a different kind of festive spirit to his customers – by trans-forming his pub into a holding room for Christmas deliveries!

The 39-year old, who runs the Lord D'Arcy in Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, is offering people who can't be at home for deliveries of packages and presents the chance to have them sent to the pub instead of having to traipse to a depot to collect them.

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All they have to do is turn up at the pub with a proof of purchase to pick up their packet.

Chris, who has run the Lord D'Arcy for two years with partner Amanda Addison, said dozens of people had already taken him up on the offer.

"We just said to people if they are going to be out, just put our

address down because we are open all day anyway and they can deliver it here.

"It's just to help people out because most people are at work all day.

"All our offices are downstairs and are safe and secure.

"So we can store things like computers and stuff that cannot afford to

miss a delivery.

"It will end up looking a little bit like a Santa's grotto – but it's no problem to us, and it all helps."

Meanwhile electronic crime experts have this week warned shoppers to beware of panic buying from bogus websites as retailers try to tackle a backlog of disrupted deliveries caused by the recent severe weather.

The snow is expected to return in the next few days, and some bookies are offering very short odds – or even paying out already – on a white Christmas.

Retail experts say some shoppers may be tempted to buy from less reputable websites and warning shoppers not to ignore Internet safety advice.

* Royal Mail's recommended posting dates for Christmas are: second class standard and recorded mail by tomorrow and first class and standard recorded mail by Tuesday, December 21. Parcelforce 48-hour and next day services will operate until December 23.

Paula Dillon, President of Leeds Chamber Commerce.

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