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Thursday, 02 October 2014

New home for village post office

A VILLAGE post office which has been based in a living room since the 1950s has moved into new shop premises.

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UNVEILED: centre l-r - Fred Miller (centre) cuts the ribbon at the opening of the new post office. Also pictured are postmistress Wendy Wilkinson and Neil Wilkinson with villagers CHRIS WARNER REF: 50024124B003

A ceremony was held on Wednesday morning to mark the opening of the new Flookburgh Post Office in The Square.

Postmistress Wendy Wilkinson will continue in her role after running the service from her house in Main Street for 16 years.

She said: “We wanted to get our home back as a home because the post office was in our front room, so to speak, and it’s been there since the 50s.

“It’s absolutely beautiful, it really is. It’s just stunning, although I do say so myself. It’s very professional looking now. Holidaymakers used to come in and say ‘how quaint this is’.

“But what we’re hoping is that it will enhance all the other shops, because people tend to come and get their pension and then go into the food store and chemist and everything else. We’re hoping that will happen even more so now, and we can help each other.”

The post office offers all services, except road taxing, and joins a flourishing square which also has a butchers, pub, chippy, pharmacy, sandwich and pie shop, convenience store, and combined pet and hardware store.

Trevor Wilson, who rents out the post office building, said: “I think we must have the best equipped square in the country for the size of the village. You could retire in Flookburgh Square and die happy. Everything is there.”

The ribbon cutting to open the post office was performed by well-known villager Freddie Miller, a retired railway worker.

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Posted by WileyTimmyw on 16 November 2011 at 08:24

Good luck in your new premises Wendy!

Posted by Ess on 9 September 2011 at 19:27

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