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Rallying cry to keep post office open

PUBLISHED: 11:48 24 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

A MELTON postmistress has issued a rallying cry to the people of the village to keep their post office going.

The opening of a temporary service in the village has got off to a slow start despite a long battle by residents to keep it.

A MELTON postmistress has issued a rallying cry to the people of the village to keep their post office going.

The opening of a temporary service in the village has got off to a slow start despite a long battle by residents to keep it.

Villagers had been without a service since June when sub postmaster Tony Hutt retired after 20 years.

Outraged residents had accused the post office of not doing all they could to ensure that a permanent service was kept in the village because it had been left too late to relocate to another premises.

However their long running campaign ended in success when it was announced a temporary service was to be set up in the Burness Parish Room next door.

But since that opened on Monday afternoon, new sub postmistress Margaret Thompson said the customers had only been trickling in.

She said: "I am really hoping that it will take off.

"I have done what I can do and the post office has done all they can do.

"Now it is up to the people of Melton to keep it here."

Trade had picked up slightly on the second day so she is hopeful that it will continue.

She said: "People who have come in are really pleased that it is back.

"Particularly the elderly people because now they don't have to go into Woodbridge and back."

Mrs Thompson moved to Suffolk 13 years ago, with her husband Ian, from Sunderland.

After working in a care home, she took on her first post office in Hacheston in December last year.

In April the pair also took over Aldeburgh post office, which is run by Ian.

Mrs Thompson said: "I think I have been taking on a new post office every four months.

"But I think this will be the last one."

A self confessed workaholic, Mrs Thompson also takes two-year-old Sasha, her Weimarana dog into the new post office.

She said: "She's good to have because she lets me know when the customers are in because she barks."

From Monday it is likely that there will be new face behind the counter as assistant Amanda Pearce takes over.

The post office is open between 1pm and 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday offering all the services of a normal post office apart from motor vehicle licensing and passports.

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