Villagers delighted after postal service resumes in Eythorne
POST Office services have returned to Eythorne four months after its village shop closed down.
Villagers will be able to use the new facility three days a week following its official opening last Thursday.
Residents said the heart of Eythorne had been "ripped out" following the closure of the post office and village shop in March.
Customers were given just a few hours' notice that postal services were going to be shut down as a result of the store closing when its owner moved away.
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In the following months locals including Neil Wiggins worked hard to secure the return of postal services.
Speaking at the official opening, Mr Wiggins said he was glad villagers would have a post office again.
He said: "It is great to have Post Office services back up and running in the village and to see family and friends here this afternoon taking advantage of the service.
"Celia Cotton, who will run this office, and the Post Office have really made an effort to reopen services here and we are thankful for their efforts.
The new post office will operate out of the Eythorne Baptist Church, in Chapel Hill, from 1pm-4pm Tuesdays and Thursday and 9am-noon on Wednesdays.
Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke, representatives from Kent County Council and Dover district councillor Mog Ovenden all attended the official opening.
But Mr Wiggins, who is also chairman of the People's Port group, said he will now work hard to secure a permanent home for postal services in the village and revealed that he was looking to bring back a local store.
He said: "Now all we need to do is to get a shop up and running again so that this temporary facility can find a permanent home."