An official date has been announced for the closure of an "essential" village Post Office and shop.

Earlier this year, Horning Post Office owners Andrew and Adrienne Seddon said the businesses would soon close after they failed to sell.

The date has now been set for May 11 with the adjoining shop closing on May 17.

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The couple said: "This hasn't been an easy decision.

"We are genuinely sorry the village will be losing an essential service but over the last few years, the financial pressures of running a small, traditional Post Office have made the enterprise uneconomic. 

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"After 12 very enjoyable years in Horning, we wish to thank our loyal customers, both personal and business, for your support."

Mr and Mrs Seddon added that the Post Office will be reviewing what level of service the village requires in the future, suggesting it could return. 

They also encouraged people to contact MP Duncan Baker to voice any concerns about losing access to the "busy" village's cashpoint.