Villagers protest about PO closure

MORE than 100 residents staged a protest rally with placards as they fight plans to close two of their community's post offices.Managers announced at the end of March that they would shut 16 branches in west Suffolk to bring the total number facing the axe in the county to 50.

MORE than 100 residents staged a protest rally with placards as they fight plans to close two of their community's post offices.

Managers announced at the end of March that they would shut 16 branches in west Suffolk to bring the total number facing the axe in the county to 50.

But residents in Stowmarket are determined to fight the plan for their community, which they feel will damage their town as branches in Combs Ford and Crown Street are earmarked for closure.

Yesterday families gathered outside the Combs Ford branch, which included town mayor Anne Whybrow dressed as Postman Pat.

She said: “We have got to save them and I have dressed up to emphasise the point. People are dependent on these branches, they are a lifeline.”

Dee Suchak, sub postmaster at Combs Ford, said: “We have had fantastic support. I have been here nine and a half years and they have been the happiest of my life.”

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A spokesman for Post Office Ltd said it will take about four weeks to consider people's comments after the June 2 deadline for consultations.