Official opening for Northumberland post office

Judi McNicholl, left, sub postmaster, with Sir Alan Beith MP and her mother Ann Waggott. Picture by Richard Lee
Judi McNicholl, left, sub postmaster, with Sir Alan Beith MP and her mother Ann Waggott. Picture by Richard Lee

MP Sir Alan Beith was on hand to officially open a new-look north Northumberland post office last week.

Sir Alan cut the cake at an opening ceremony at the new facility in Seahouses, based in Corklee News, on Friday morning.

He said: “I welcomed the news that Seahouses Post Office was to be modernised to create a bright modern branch and am delighted to be here today to congratulate on Judi her hard work and to formally declare the new branch open.

“The Post Office is vital to the community around this area of Northumberland and I’m sure the new improved office, and the significantly longer opening hours, especially Sundays, will be warmly welcomed by all of my constituents.”

As part of Post Office plans to modernise the network and extend opening hours for customers, Seahouses Post Office now offers services from a combi-counter which allows customers to access Post Office products and services alongside retail transactions. As the traditional banking network declines, customers for the majority (95 per cent) of UK banks can use also their post office for online banking, cash deposits and withdrawals and bill payments.

It is open from 7am to 7.30pm Monday to Saturday and 7am to 5pm on Sundays.

Postmaster Judi McNicoll said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to open the new branch and I am very pleased to be officially launching it today for the community. I hope our customers like their new post office.

“I’d like to thank Sir Alan Beith MP for taking time from her busy schedule to come here today. I’d also like to thank the local community for their continued support and use of the branch.”

Steve Bruckshaw, Post Office senior stakeholder manager, said: “We know how important Post Office services are to residents in Northumberland we are confident that this vibrant modern post office at the heart of the community will be popular.The modernisation is part of a major Government investment programme that is enabling us to continue investing in the Post Office network and to map out a bold growth strategy through to the end of the decade.”

The move is part of major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open-plan environments.