Children from Belford First School officially opened the new Post Office Local Plus service at the village’s Co-operative’s convenience store last week.
The service will be provided at combined kiosk counters in the West Street shop, where the Post Office terminal will sit alongside the till.
Customers will be able to access a wide range of services, including most mail transactions, home shopping returns and online banking cash deposits, tax disc registration and withdrawals.
Government services will also be available, such as paying for fishing licences, as well as allowing customers to top up mobile phones, pay bills and pre-order foreign currency.
David Potts, store manager at The Co-operative Food in Belford, said: “Local services are vital in creating a sense of community and we know that our customers will be thrilled that we now provide Post Office services in Belford.”
He added: “Having Post Office services based within the food store makes it simple and convenient for customers to run all their errands at once.
“The Post Office Local Plus is available during the store’s usual opening hours, 7am until 10pm, seven days a week.
“I’m looking forward to introducing the store’s existing customers, and new ones, to the new service.
“I’m confident they will be pleased with the flexibility and convenience of the new Post Office Local Plus.”
The Belford First School pupils were delighted to officially open the new Post Office Local Plus Service and the school has received a £200 donation for its help on the day.
The service has moved to the Co-operative from the former Belford Post Office, which shut recently, as part of a major modernisation programme across the network designed to make it easier for customers to do business.
Last month, villagers held a small ceremony to mark the closure of the Church Street building.
Suzanne Richardson, Post Office regional network manager for Scotland and North England, said: “We are delighted that Belford Post Office has moved into The Co-operative Food store as one of our local-style branches.
“This move is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office.
“It marks a commitment to maintaining the network at its current size.”