Search is on for new owners to run Hingham post office

The search is on for new owners to help run a south Norfolk post office which is under threat of closure.

New blood is being sought after the current owners of Hingham Post Office announced that they are set to retire at Christmas after running it for almost 30 years.

The post office is set to close on December 31, unless new owners step forward.

Chairman of Hingham town council, Pete Eldridge, said: 'They are looking to move on but the post office is attached to their house as they live above the shop. It's very difficult to sell the business with accommodation.'

Mr Eldridge said that many businesses in the town relied on the post office.

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'It is a busy post office because we have Caterham, Bacon Engineering and a marketing company in the town,' he added.

'As well as a range of businesses which rely on the post office, we also have an elderly population which use it for banking.

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'We are on the main road from Norwich to Watton and we are the first post office you come to when you leave the city on that stretch of road.' Mr Eldridge said that other shops in the town had looked into the idea of taking it on, but nobody had yet come forward.

'People are reluctant to take it on due to the amount of money they would get.

'We are caught between a rock and a hard place and I understand that this is an issue in lots of communities across the country.

'We really do need some help.'

A spokesman for the Post Office said: 'We are committed to maintaining a post office in Hingham.

'We have a private meeting scheduled for mid-December with representatives from Hingham town council and South Norfolk district council to specifically discuss Hingham Post Office. We are actively looking for a new retailer.'

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