Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Supporters Make Their Feelings Plain

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Supporters Make Their Feelings Plain

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A PETITION opposing the closure of a rural post office branch has attracted more than 800 names. The petition was yesterday officially sent from Belsay post office, Northumberland, to Post Office Limited.

Sub-postmistress Stephanie Jarron said: "We have had 843 names, which I understand is the most for a branch in a rural area.

"The other interesting thing is that we have people on the petition from Otterburn to Ponteland, and Rothbury to Colwell, which backs up one of our best arguments.

"It is not just the hamlet of Belsay that is served by the branch, it is a much wider area."

As well as the petition, dozens of letters were sent in protest to the planned closure of the branch.

The post office is one of scores across the North East that are putting forward final submissions to Post Office Limited as it consults over the closure programme.

In Newcastle yesterday, Liberal Democrats came together in the fight to save the nine threatened post offices in the city. …

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