Thursday, 10 April 2014
The modern postcode system was devised in 1959, and tested first in Norwich. Then 40 years ago it was established throughout the UK. Some factors have still to be sorted according to some residents ... particularly those in Caithness and parts of Sutherland who were allotted KW codes.
KW refers to Kirkwall, the administrative centre of Orkney, and people who, for example, live in KW13 - Forsinard (above) - feel that they are in the dead centre of the mainland. Sometimes they are requested to pay additional delivery charges
as though goods ordered have to be flown first into the main Orkney airport. It can seem confusing and be expensive. This BBC News item gives further insights.
Scottish Islands Explorer - depends on postcodes for effective deliveries