LIFELINE SERVICE: Moments after opening the new Post Office in Gainford there was a queue of people waiting to use the service. Dimitri Doumarapis was the first customer. Right, the Post Office exterior at Main Road
LIFELINE SERVICE: Moments after opening the new Post Office in Gainford there was a queue of people waiting to use the service. Dimitri Doumarapis was the first customer. Right, the Post Office exterior at Main Road

SEVEN months after a Teesdale village lost its Post Office a new branch has opened, thanks to the efforts of a resident.

Dianne Crossley, who worked alongside the previous post mistress for five years, campaigned to get a new branch up and running for the community after the old one had to close in July last year.

On Tuesday, January, 29, her hard work finally paid off when she opened the door to the new premises on Main Road and within moments there was a queue for

customers waiting to be served.

Ms Crossley said: “It does feel a little premature as I haven’t managed to get the cafe side finished for the opening, but that will come in time.

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“I’m a little worried I might have forgotten some of the systems since I last operated them, but I’m sure it’s like riding a bicycle.”

First in line to be served was one of the builders working on the conversion, Dimitri Doumarapis, who brought a parcel to be sent.

The Post Office counter and all the associated equipment has been installed at the premises and has been sectioned off while the remaining construction work is carried out. There is also a range of greetings cards and sweets on offer and residents will be able to pick up their copy of the Teesdale Mercury.

The post office will be open between Monday to Friday from 9am until 5.30pm and on Saturdays between 9am and 12.30pm.