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Delight at return of Gressenhall’s post office

PUBLISHED: 13:16 14 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:16 14 February 2016

Gressenhall residents packed the Swan Inn to discuss the closure of the post office with George Freeman. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Gressenhall residents packed the Swan Inn to discuss the closure of the post office with George Freeman. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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The Post Office has finally reinstated its counter in Gressenhall Stores for two full days a week.

The facility was closed in April and was supposed to be a temporary measure but weeks and months passed with no news of a proper replacement service in the village near Dereham.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman met villagers soon after the closure and has been pushing the Post Office to reopen the counter as soon as possible.

An outreach service was provided by Mattishall post office for two hours a week in July but now the Post Office has issued a statement saying the service will be reinstated on Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 5.30pm – which it says “will make it more convenient for customers to visit”.

The news is particularly welcomed by many of the elderly in the village who say they use it as a community outreach as well as for its postal services.

Mr Freeman added: “I am absolutely delighted that Gressenhall post office has finally re-opened.

“This is fantastic news for the village which has frankly suffered during the nine-month closure.

“In rural communities like ours, the post office is a crucial facility. I know that many local residents and businesses ultimately want a return to
the five day full time service, and I will continue to campaign on their behalf.”

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