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Silver Road Post Office open after relocation

PUBLISHED: 10:53 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:53 05 February 2015

Celia Wallder, front 2nd right, former postmistress of the old Silver Road Post Office at Beaconsfield Road, celebrates with new postmaster, Chris Johnson, front 2nd left, who is opening the new Silver Road Post Office at PJ's Newsagents. With them, from left, are Post Office clerks, Dee Harmes; Ben Gaunt; Julie Gallant; James Gaunt; and Sally Smith. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Celia Wallder, front 2nd right, former postmistress of the old Silver Road Post Office at Beaconsfield Road, celebrates with new postmaster, Chris Johnson, front 2nd left, who is opening the new Silver Road Post Office at PJ's Newsagents. With them, from left, are Post Office clerks, Dee Harmes; Ben Gaunt; Julie Gallant; James Gaunt; and Sally Smith. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2015

The Silver Road Post Office, previously on Beaconsfield Road, has relocated 100 metres to 78 Silver Road.

After 16 years former postmistress Celia Wallder has retired and the new post office, which was officially opened yesterday, will now be run by postmaster Chris Johnson.

The branch will be inside the Silver Road Post Office and Stores (formerly PJs), which Mr Johnson owns, and will be a mains branch.

Opening times will be 9am-5.30pm and will offer the normal services including postal services and personal banking in addition to vehicle licensing - there will also be an extra counter.

Post office services will also be offered at the retail counter of the store which is open 5am to 8pm.

Mr Johnson, 51, who lives on Silver Road said: “I’m very much looking forward to it. I understand there was no negative feedback about the move during the consultation period because we are still in the local community and we’re offering an extra counter.

“We’ve got trainers for the staff on site for six days and we have taken on the two girls from Beaconsfield Road. They’ve got experience and will be familiar faces to the customers.”

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