Local residents will by now be aware that the Post Office on Thompson Street East has been closed for about a week now.
The counter in the shop is closed up, and the words "Post Office" have been taped up. The newsagent is open as usual, however.
I want to make it clear that the Post Office has not closed as a result of any nationwide programme. What we understand is that the previous post master had to retire owing to ill-health. The new owner of the shop at present seems unwilling to re-open the counter.
David, Andy and myself are on the case, and have approached both the Post Office and the new owners of the shop. We know how important the facility is to local people - we have been told that it was the sixth most popular Post Office in the town.
We'll keep local people informed as news becomes available.