A new post office is open for business, offering customers the chance to buy snacks with their stamps.
The Pegswood Colliery Post Office re-located from its former premises in John Street to Brown’s Greengrocers in De Walden Terrace in March as part of a national modernisation of the service.
Now Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery has given the new base his stamp of approval and performed an official ribbon-cutting opening ceremony.
He praised operator Ian Brown for his work in taking on the service.
“I welcomed the news that Pegswood Colliery Post Office was to move to a bright, modern, open-plan branch and am delighted to be here to congratulate Ian Brown on his hard work and to formally declare the new Pegswood Colliery Post Office open,” he said.
“The Post Office is vital to the community around Pegswood Colliery and I’m sure the new improved office, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by all of my constituents.”
The branch is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and as well as providing all Post Office services, including the ATM, it is run alongside the grocery business, giving customers the opportunity to buy fruit and vegetables, plants and compost while they carry out their transactions.
Mr Brown said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to open the new branch. The customers have been reacting positively to the change and business is better week on week so I am really happy.
“I’d like to thank Ian Lavery for taking time from his busy schedule to come here. I’d also like to thank the local community for its continued support and use of the branch.”
Post Office Senior Stakeholder Manager Steve Bruckshaw said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in Pegswood Colliery and I am confident that this new modern post office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”