Appeal as postmistress announces her retirement

Wheelton Post Office
Wheelton Post Office

Attempts are being made to retain a post office in Wheelton.

The current office on Blackburn Road will close later this month, when postmistress Sue Critchley retires after nearly 25 years there.

The closure was due to be discussed by Wheelton Parish Council last night.

Chairman Coun Terry Dickenson said: “We fought hard to keep the post office as promoted in the campaign run by the media, but obviously people need to move on.

“Sue, who is there, has been an absolutely brilliant person.

“She’s been at the heart of the community, and obviously it’s sad to see her go personally, and because of the post office.

“We hope we can keep it open, but at this moment in time it doesn’t look good.

“It’s part of the community. As we fought to keep the Red Lion open, we’ll fight for the post office.”

Mother-of-two Sue said: “I would have been here 25 years next Easter. We’ll be moving from the premises, so there will be no post office then.

“It’s been a privilege working here and getting to know all these people. They’re a really nice bunch and I’ll miss them. I’ve enjoyed it, but it’s time to move on.”

A Post Office spokesman said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience the temporary closure of Wheelton Post Office may cause following the resignation of the postmaster.

“We would like to reassure customers that we are committed to maintaining services in the area and looking hard for a replacement operator.

“Any retailer or small business owner interested in running the post office and incorporating it into their business should ring 0845 266 8790 and talk to an advisor or email”