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New life in store for former NCO

PUBLISHED: 01:31 27 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

THERE'S a change of guard at Needham Market's post office as a former Wattisham soldier settles in behind the counter in a different kind of posting altogether.

THERE'S a change of guard at Needham Market's post office as a former Wattisham soldier settles in behind the counter in a different kind of posting altogether.

New postmaster Tony Moore, a retired sergeant-major in the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers who used to be based at the airfield near the town, is now turning his energies to getting everything spick and span at Needham's post office following the retirement of Richard and Sheila West this summer.

The ex-vehicle mechanic said he aims to modernise the store which also sells toys, cards, stationery and china.

He is also moving post office counter to the back of the shop, adding that this was a measure to improve security at the store, following recommendations he was given when he took over the store.

But the most radical change that customers would notice would be the new hours, he said.

"We will be open all day during the week," he said, "And we are no longer closing on Tuesday afternoons nor during lunchtime."

After serving around the world in Belize, Cyprus, Germany and Wattisham, engineering graduate Mr Moore, 43, with wife Lesley, who will be part-time postmistress, decided to settle in Needham in 1996. Following retirement from the Army, he said he didn't feel like putting his feet up but wanted another career – and postmastering fitted the bill.

His 17-year-old son Scott, who has worked in the newsagent business, will be working with him and his experience will be valuable as Mr Moore intends to line new newspaper and magazine shelves with the whole range of newspapers – including the Evening Star.

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