COUNTING DOWN: Gainford’s new post mistress is optimistic she will be able to open next week
COUNTING DOWN: Gainford’s new post mistress is optimistic she will be able to open next week

GAINFORD’S new post mistress said she has “mixed emotions” ahead of the official opening of the village’s new Post Office as teams of workmen complete the new premises.

Dianne Crossley has worked tirelessly to re-open the village’s branch after it closed in July last year.

Work transforming the former nursery building in the grounds of St Osmund’s church, on Main Road, is still ongoing with electricians and builders working flat out to complete the renovation in time for the official opening on Tuesday, January 29.

Ms Crossley said: “As long as everything goes according to plan I will be open next week. When I got here this morning I had three electricians waiting for me.

“There was one I organised, one from the Post Office and one from the landlord – so at the moment it’s a bit like organised chaos.”

She added: “It’s been quite nerve wracking and I supposed I’m excited, nervous and anxious at the same time.

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“Although there is a lot of work to be done, the safe is in place and as long as the counter is in place and the Horizon software is working then it will be open.

“If the toilets aren’t in for the cafe, then the cafe will have to come in time.”

A new post box has already been installed outside the new premises and planning permission for fascia signage has been submitted.

As well as co-ordinating all the contractors, Ms Crossley has organised a preview event for residents on Sunday, January 27 between 2pm and 4pm when she hopes locals will pop along to take a look.

There will be food and entertainment from local youth group, Cream Tees.