Post Office back open again after year’s closure

pamela thomas, mary harland, jenny smith and janice trott at the newly opened lythe post office
pamela thomas, mary harland, jenny smith and janice trott at the newly opened lythe post office

The local community in Lythe is celebrating after reopening its local post office which had been closed for a year.

The Post Office in Lythe Stores on the High Street reopened for business last Wednesday.

Lythe, which originally had up to 15 shops, eventually found itself whittled down to none, leaving locals having to travel outside of the village for their groceries.

However, to tackle this, locals got together to form a committee which successfully organised and reopended the Lythe store in June .

Following this achievement, the committee then decided to campaign to reopen the defunct, local post office. Brian Farley, a committee member, told the Gazette: “The Post Office was on its last legs before it closed, only opening half days here and there.”

The committee got in touch with the Plunkett Foundation, an organisation which helps and advises local communities to set up and run local businesses.

The committee contacted the Post Office which then approved the reopening and even sent employees to Lythe to train four locals on the daily running of a Post Office.

The branch has been given a full makeover, giving customers renewed access to all standard Post office services.