A postman from Newtownabbey will star in a new TV ad campaign after being chosen ahead of 2,500 Royal Mail employees for the coveted role.
In its first major publicity drive for six years, the massive company has selected Gary Murray as one of 25 postal workers who will appear in the 60-second commercial - which will be shown for the first time today.
Titled ‘We Love Parcels,’ the ad features a version of The Beatles classic All You Need Is Love which is sung by the Royal Mail Choir.
Gary can be seen brightening the day of a young woman as he delivers a parcel to her at work.
The newly-wed postie, who has been with the company for almost two decades, said: “It means a great deal to me to be picked to represent both Royal Mail and Northern Ireland – I’ve worked for the Royal Mail for 20 years now so this opportunity is both an exciting and daunting one.”
Around 2,500 of the company’s 132,000 front-line staff responded to the call to audition in front of an accomplished judging panel of film producers and directors.
Now that he’s been successful, Gary is getting nervous about his TV debut.
“I wait with bated breath and hope I don’t look too embarrassing,” he joked.
The advert will be screened during the ad break on tonight’s X Factor on ITV. The campaign has been launched at the start of Royal Mail’s increase in workload on the run up to Christmas.
Ten temporary parcel sorting centres will open across the UK on Monday as part of the Royal Mail’s planning for the festive season.
The new version of All You Need Is Love was recorded by the Royal Mail Choir - made up of workers from Bristol and Bath - at the famous Abbey Road studios where the Fab Four recorded the original 46 years ago.
A special Christmas version of the advert, which despite the snowy scenes was filmed on location in the United Kingdom in July this year, will air later this month.
The adverts celebrate the role Royal Mail’s people play in delivering one billion parcels a year.
A shortened version can be seen online at www.youtube.com/royalmail.
A Royal Mail spokesman said: “The 60-second commercial shows the care and commitment taken by Royal Mail’s people to deliver parcels to addresses across the UK no matter the weather, as well as the joy people receive when they get their parcels.”