Red letter day at new Aylsham Post Office

Aylsham's new Post Office is set to serve its first customers next month.

The Hungate Street Post Office will close its doors on Tuesday July 5 at 5.30pm and re-open in the town's Norwich Road Budgens supermarket at 9am on Friday July 8.

Budgens manager Yvonne Ellis said workmen had arrived with a 'flat-pack' Post Office and had spent two days installing it at the far end of the store.

The Hungate Street closure follows the resignation of sub-postmistress Lynn Westhorpe but Ms Ellis said other jobs at the branch had been secured and employees Caroline Payne, Christine McDowell and Elizabeth Carver would be moving to Budgens to carry on their duties.

They will be joined in running the service by Ms Ellis and Budgens cash office supervisor Clare Dennis.

But Ms Ellis hopes that if the Post Office is well used, it could lead to more job opportunities.

'We are the only ones who put in for having it and people have been very positive about the move. There's a feeling of 'thank goodness' in the town,' she said.

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'The Post Office has been getting about 3,500 customers per week which shows that it's busy and there's a real need for the service in Aylsham'.

Ms Ellis also hoped that the Post Office's arrival would boost Budgens' business. The store is close to Aylsham's Tesco.

She said: 'The hardest part is getting people through the door. Once they're in it will hopefully benefit us because they will buy a pint of milk or other shopping while they're there.'

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